Pleasing to Whom?

Some people initially decide to follow Christ because it is what their family and friends want for them. Other Christians seem to have the idea that the purpose of their faith is to provide them with the desires of their own heart. But the Bible says that our goal should not be to please others, or even to be pleased ourselves. Our purpose is to please God.

Colossians 1:16 says, “…All things were created by him and for him.” All believers would readily agree that we were created by God. Many of us need to become more aware of the fact that we were created for him.

The realization that we were created for God’s pleasure changes everything. Our primary goal is not to please those around us. Our main priority is not to please ourselves. We must first and foremost have the desire to please God.

Ask yourself this question: Is my religion a means of getting what I want, or getting what God wants?

Ephesians 5:10 says that we must “…find out what pleases the Lord.” We are born with an instinctive knowledge that there is a God, but we must learn what he desires from us. This learning process lasts a lifetime. Let us strive to please God more and more as we journey together through this life.

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