Have you ever really thought about what’s important in life? We fill our days with all kinds of things we think are important. Things like getting our kids involved in sports, working our way up the ladder in our careers, giving our families all that we think will make them happy. But the sermon this morning made me focus on the one thing that really matters. Pleasing God.
Shawn McMullen returned to Milan Christian Church to give the message today and to tell us about the new foundation he is working with.
What does it feel like to fill the heart of someone you love? When you see the love in their eyes in appreciation for what you bring to their life, it tugs at your heartstrings, doesn’t it? Now imagine God is the one you want to delight. How can we do that?
We spend so much of our time trying to create the perfect life, when God would certainly help us if we’d just let him. There are plenty of Scriptures that tell us how to please God. Let’s look at a few of them.
Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact your are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.1 Thes 4:1
It was important to Paul that the churches knew how to live to please God. Let’s look a little further.
I urge then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.1 Tim 2:1-4
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.Col 1:9-10
I know, it’s a lot to consider. This next text makes it clear, I think.
And without faith it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.Heb 11:6
Shawn brought up this question, “Do we pray the same as when we make a wish?” I sure hope our prayers are more than just wishes. Wishes don’t contain any faith that our prayers will be answered, and that is a necessary component.
The challenge this week is to ask God to produce in our lives what is most pleasing to Him. If we do this, God will put his desires in our heart and he will grant what we desire, because that’s what He wants!
God knows your potential! He will take you to the very heights of your capabilities if you’ll let him.
Let the pleasure of God be in your heart!