1 THESSALONIANS 2:4
“but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts.”
Have you ever been troubled by how to please God? After all, He is God. His standard is pretty high. He must expect a lot. So, how can we possibly please Him. We are just flesh and blood, struggling every day to make it.
Paul tells us how right here. We speak the gospel, not fearing men. If we aren’t concerned about what people think about our walk with Christ, we are one step closer to pleasing Him. We can’t please God and men. It’s just not possible. And if we have to choose, there really is no choice.
Do you want your children to please you? Of course, you do. That’s natural. But if you have taught them to love Jesus and they have surrendered their life to Him, then pleasing the Lord is what you should be desiring. “Well, Carl, that means they will please me too.” Are you sure about that?
What if pleasing the Lord meant packing up and moving to another country? What if pleasing the Lord meant choosing a career outside your family business? What if pleasing the Lord went against YOUR plans for your child? Pleasing the Lord is not always the easiest choice, but it is always the right choice.
What do you need to do today to please Him? There may be something you know He has asked of you, but it doesn’t fit into your plans. Obey Him. Remember, joy never precedes obedience. Obeying Him not only pleases the Father. It also will bring you joy.
I want to please You, Lord. Sometimes that requires me to do things I really don’t want to do. Today I will surrender my will to Yours.