Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:9 – 10
Yesterday, we started the spiritual journey of knowing how to please the Lord. Today, the Holy Spirit reveals to us the obvious necessity of pleasing God. In other words, ‘why should we please God?’ knowing that you are only on a journey here on earth and that our permanent home should be eternity with God, then we are motivated to live a life pleasing to Him; to whom all men shall stand and give account. St. Paul says in Romans 14:12, “So then each one of us will give account of himself to God.” Hence, St. Paul in our scriptural reference today says, “Therefore, we have our ambition, whether present or absent that we may be pleasing to Him. For we must appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that everyone may receive the things done in the body, according to what has done, whether good or bad.”
Dear friend in Christ, when one realises that he will give account of his actions in this mortal life before his Creator, then he is motivated to do the will of the Creator. Paul emphasizes the fact that all will be judged (Rm. 2:6 – 8; 14:14), God will judge all men (Mt 12:36; Rom. 14:10). He will judge all through Jesus (John. 5:22, 27). All these shall be according to what he has done. Unfortunately, some believers live their lives as if there will be no accountability of how we spent our lives. Many also attempt to rationalise their actions and make excuses for their failures, one day; we shall stand before Him – Christ Jesus. Then all our actions shall be put on the scale and weighed. We should seek to please God because we love Him. It is natural to want to please, at all cost whoever you love. Jesus says, in John 14:15, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” How sad it can be that Jesus Christ, who accepted a shameful death on the Cross is not loved by the people for whom He died? How unthinkable can it be that those who have been blessed beyond measure still do not love Him enough to obey Him? How can it be said that His creatures are consumed with themselves and self-desires. Beloved, we should please Him not only because of the coming judgement, but also because of our love for Him and we should please Him because of what Christ Jesus means to mankind.
Beloved, God wants to bless your life, because the Word of God reminds us that it is God’s pleasure that we prosper (3 John 1:2). A life that pleases God is a life that is full and abounding. John 10:10b says, “. . . . I come that they might have life, and they might have it more abundantly.”
- Take the worship song: “Thou Art Worthy O’ Lord . . . ”
- Take the prayers of Daily Consecration to God (meditatively)
- Take the prayer of Self Surrender to God (meditatively)
- Lord Jesus, I desire to please you. Grant me the needed graces O’ Lord to realise this.
- Pray for all whose greatest desire is to please their bodies and satisfy their selfish appetite.
- Pray for all Users of Daily Strength that they may be pleasing to God at all times.
Exercise: Repeat this: Dear Jesus! My dear Jesus! My unspeakable desire! My Joy! Joy of the Angels! Sweetness of the Saints!
Memory Verse: 1 Thess. 4:1