One thing I know is every Christian wants to be pleasing to God. For me, I feel like it is an impossible task, I often miss the mark of being Christ like.
What are the things that please God? I found a few that seem to be of great importance.
Faith: Hebrews 11:6 says, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for the one who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”
The Bible is God’s word given to us to let us know His ways. Unless you believe what the Bible says, all of the Bible, you are not pleasing Him. If a person believes by faith John 3:16 they must also believe Genesis 1:1.
One of the flaming darts of the evil one is in the form of unbelief. Even today after following God for some years he still shoots the dart “Does God REALLY exist?” In the beginning of my walk I had faith with the hope God that existed, now I have faith with the proof God exists, that proof coming in the form of a changed life.
Prayer: In 1 Kings 3:9-10 God says to Solomon, after asking him what he wished God to give him, “Because you have asked this thing and have not asked for yourself long life, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked for the life of your enemies, but have asked for discernment to understand justice, behold, I have done according to your word.”
It is not pleasing to God when our prayer life is focused on ourselves. Many times I find myself on my mind and if I pay attention I am usually praying about the things I want.
God was pleased with Solomon because he thought the task of being His servant more important than his own desires.
Giving: Hebrews 13:16 says “Do not neglect in doing good and sharing for with such sacrifice God is pleased.”
God is pleased when we sacrifice for Him and His kingdom, but because it is a sacrifice it means we must give something up that is important to us. It could be time, money or even your umbrella.
One time it was pouring rain and I dropped a man at a bus stop without a shelter. I knew he would need to wait twenty minutes for his connecting bus, and I thought I should give him my umbrella and I proceeded to have a war in my mind over what “I” would do without it. Neglecting to do good, I drove away without giving it to him.
In Acts 10 the Bible says Jesus went about doing good and healing those oppressed by the Devil. When we give of ourselves to do good and share it tears down the walls that people build over the years and allows healing to come into their life.
By the way, I didn’t need the umbrella after all!