Galatians 1:15–24 (KJV 1900)
15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, 16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: 17 Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus. 18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days. 19 But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother. 20 Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not. 21 Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia; 22 And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judaea which were in Christ: 23 But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed. 24 And they glorified God in me.
Hebrews 11:1–6 (KJV 1900)
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report. 3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. 4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. 5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
As servants of Jesus Christ, I believe we should have a genuine desire to please the Lord. Considering that He completely rules everything seen and unseen, that He has given His own Son to save us from our sins, and that He will return for us, it might be slightly important. So let’s examine some passages that should encourage our “why”, and then look at our “how”.
WHY PLEASE THE LORD?
2 Cor 5:10-11
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord , we persuade men;
11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. 12 If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.
29:1 He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
These verses alone provide reasonable motivation for pleasing the Lord, but how can we unless we know what He is pleased with?
HOW DO WE PLEASE THE LORD?
29 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!
1. A VESSEL TO REVEAL HIS SON PLEASES GOD
15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,
16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
God the Father is so proud of His Son that He is pleased anytime He can show Him off! Like any good father, our Heavenly Father delights in seeing His Son admired & honored!
2. FAITH PLEASES GOD
5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that dili- gently seek him.
31 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed , which a man took, and sowed in his field:
32 Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.
33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
Faith is not some magical spell or key words that enlist the help of God. The Bible teaches that our God is FAITHFUL. Full of faith. God is completely committed to His purpose & will. It is said of husbands & wives that they have been faithful to their spouse. I believe that we would be safe in defining faith as simply a measure of our faithfulness to God. We know that we aren’t completely faithful as God is yet our faithfulness is measured in terms of faith.
The passage above from Matthew 13 tells of a mustard seed. In this parable, Jesus tells of the possibilities within that seed. It gets planted then increases. We also know, according to Jesus’ words, that a “mustard seed” faith can move mountains. I know that God’s power is potent, but I have often been disappointed by my own lack if it only takes a mustard seed sized faith. Actually, I believe what Jesus was saying about our faith correlates to the planting of this mustard seed faith. The reason a mustard seed faith moves mountains is because it grows and increases. Our faithfulness to God, His Word, and His will must be an increasing thing. That’s why it is impossible to please Him without faith. He can’t be pleased with an unfaithful servant!
3. SACRIFICES OF PRAYER & PRAISE PLEASE GOD
15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased .
28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.
29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
4. TOTAL ABANDONMENT TO THE WILL OF GOD PLEASES HIM
17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased .
This happened after John baptized Jesus and before Jesus ever even began His earthly ministry. Before a single blind eye was opened. Before a single sin was atoned for. What did God the Father have to be pleased with in His Son at this point? This is a great lesson for us! The Father was pleased with His Son’s total abandonment to His Father’s will. He went to be baptized that day to “fulfill all righteousness.” It was His public testimony that He was in this for the duration!
Are we living to please Him or ourselves? Examine these four things in the light of your own life. How pleased is God with us? Leave me some thoughts in the comments section. I’d love to hear from you today!
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