Thursday, June 20, 2013

"Pleasing Who?"

"Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more." 1 Thessalonians 4:1
"... and to please God". That seems like a foreign concept in the church as a whole today. You mean we are to "please God"? You mean it is not all about God pleasing me?
This seems to be the attitude of the modern church now days. We live with the mentality that says, "What's in it for me?" We think that God is our "Sugar Daddy" who is to come running at our beckoning and call and give us everything we want. We think it is all about what He can give me and how He can bless me.
I hate to "burst your bubble", but it is not all about you. Yes, Jesus' death on the cross was about you. He went through the agony, pain, ridicule and death for you so that you could have eternal life. He did that for you. He did it because He loves you, did not want you to perish, and desires that you live with Him in His kingdom forever. But as far as your life is concerned after you have received Him, it is not about God pleasing you. His number one goal is not to make you happy. Your number one goal should be to please Him. Jesus always did those things that pleased the Father-- not Himself. Jesus also taught us to deny ourselves.
Are you living a life that pleases Him, or self? Are you following Him, or trying to make Him follow you? Are you expecting Him to please you and make you happy? Is it about Him or you? After all He has done for us, after all He has given us-- not sparing His own Son-- our desire prompted by love should be to please Him in all we do.
Have a great day. Christianity is not about God pleasing us, it is about us pleasing God. 
For further reading:
Romans 8:8
John 8:29
Mark 8:34
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