Pleasing God (Steve Preston)

Not everyone is concerned with pleasing God, but they should be. At some point, all people will appear before God (2 Cor. 5:10). When you stand before God it would be to your advantage to have had a life that was pleasing to Him. Hebrews 10:31 tells us that “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

Those that fear God will bring pleasure to Him: “The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy” (Psalm 147:11). To fear God is to keep His commandments: “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” (Eccl. 12:13). When we keep God’s commandments it pleases Him: “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight” (1 John 3:22).

The result of pleasing God takes form in different ways. For instance, one result of pleasing God is that He accepts our service. Peter stated that since “God is no respecter of persons … he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him” (Acts 10:34-35).

Because we please Him, God will also give to us what we ask: “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight” (1 John 3:22).

Perhaps best of all though is the fact that those that are pleasing to God will have a home in heaven: “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city” (Rev. 22:14).

Pleasing God is something that all of us should desire to do. Let us be like our Savior Jesus and be able to say, “I do always those things that please him” (John 8:29).

In Christ, Steve Preston

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