I find it helpful knowing I can move through the duties of the day with one front-and-center goal and that goal is simply to please God.
Pleasing God should be a priority for His children. To align all the day’s plans with that singular goal gives even the most menial project eternal purpose. We can pick up a scrap of trash… for His pleasure.
Brother Lawrence in the 17th-century classic, The Practice of the Presence of God, pressed his readers to “think often that our only business in this life is to please God. Perhaps all besides is but folly and vanity.”
Our dear Savior came to earth as a servant, a teacher, a preacher and a perfect pattern for His followers. Despite all the sin-laden attitudes and actions of those He encountered, our elder brother always thought, spoke, and did the things that pleased His Father. And it was always with the right attitude.
Consider these thoughts from Christ: “And He who sent Me is with Me. He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.” John 8:29 (emphasis added). What a wonderful example the incarnate Son of God was for us.
The apostle Paul urged believers in Thessalonica to keep up the good work of pleasing their heavenly Master. “Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more.” 1 Thessalonians 4:1.
Our passion to please God is often stirred when we spend time in the Bible. Saturating our hearts with the truths of Scripture causes believers to love God more and to want to do what matters most to Him. Our hearts become more sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading when we are continually exposed to both the ways and the wonder of our glorious King.
Pleasing God flows not just from a determination to please our Father, but also from a dependence on Him to show us His will and to give us the spiritual strength to do what He calls us to do.
Paul understood that. His prayer for the church in Colossae was that they would be “filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to, the Father who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. …” Colossians 1:9-13 (emphasis added).
May God give us grace to please Him more and more in the minutes, hours, days and months of this new year!