If it is to be my aim or goal to please him, then I must ask myself the question in many situations…Lord, What Would Please You Here? In training ourselves to Look Up, so we can truly Live UP…this is a good question to ask when Looking Up….Father, what would please you? How should I handle this situation? What would you have me do?
Still thinking of the verse:
“so we make it our aim to please God” 2 Cor 5:9
Reflecting on how in the Greek that word please means, to come into agreement with. Amazing to think of it that way. Takes all of the “performance” out of it. It becomes a practical walk of faith to please God. To believe what He says is true and to depend on Him for all outcomes.
The dictionary defines please at:
To satisfy someone, to conform to someone else’s design or will for you.
Here are three very specific things I am reflecting on:
1. It pleases God when I live as His Daughter!
2. It pleases God when I walk in the Spirit!
3. It pleases God when I live by Faith!
Living as His Daughter
“In love he has predestined us to be adopted as his daughters through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.” Ephesians 1:5
“His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave him great pleasure.” NLT
When I live as Jesus is the Father the Word declares He is, I live differently. I trust that He knows the way, knows what is best and is bigger, wiser and smarter than me. I lean into him as a small child does a parent. I cry to him as a child does when hungry or hurting. When my relationship with him is a Father/Child relationship I am absolutely dependent on Him. This is what pleases Him. This is what he desires of me.
I would like to have a list of what would please him, so that I could check the list off and be done with it. But, that is my human performance mode and it doesn’t work in this case. God can not be manipulated by my activity, but rather is always wooing me to his side where I can find rest and learn to walk by his leading rather than by being a people pleaser.
This day I am going to reflect more on the father/daughter relationship. I am going to reflect on what it really means to be dependent. And, I am going to ask God to forgive me for the areas that I think I am so big, that I can do them ALL BY MYSELF !!!! As I humble my heart and life before my Abba, I am expecting him to show me things that are pertinent to pleasing him.
For now, just this one thought…It pleases Him when we live as His daughters.
What does this mean to you today?
Learning to Please Him,