Pleasing God is a choice!
Man was created with a free will. This is evident in the garden of eden where Adam choose to disobey God (1 Timothy 2: 14).
We do have a free will to choose what we want to do. The Lord will always give us grace to follow and do what is right, once we decide that's what we want.
Lets have a look at this scripture:
Matthew 3 : 13 - 17
13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Lets have a closer look at verse 17. For God to say that He is well pleased with Jesus shows that Jesus Christ had a choice as to whether or not to please God. If it was automatic, there would be no need for God to be pleased. Our Lord and saviour had a choice just as we do.
Lets look at another scripture:
John 8: 28 - 29
28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.
29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
As we walk this Christian walk, our priority should be to please God, Not man, but God!. Its a choice.
Jesus Christ our Lord said "For l always do those things that please Him". Not occasionally, but always. We should be able to say and do the same also.
Pleasing God is a choice and it can be done because we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us! (Philippians 4: 13).
Amen. The thing about obedience is that, it is for our own benefit, God is mindful of blessing us not stealing our joy. The benefit of obedience so sweet! "..for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him." (Heb 11:6b). Thank you!
3/3/2014 06:13:37 am
Thanks for the comment.
7/3/2014 11:41:15 am
Thanks Kathleen for your comments and contribution.
4/3/2014 12:02:00 pm
We can please God because we were created for His pleasure. Pleasing God begins with a choice to do so. If it's our heart's desire, we can do it through the aid of the Holy Spirit.
7/3/2014 11:42:49 am
Thanks Frank, for the comments.
5/3/2014 04:35:07 pm
Bisi, This is powerful. I certainly want to please God in all that I do. Jesus is such a wonderful example to us - even in this. Blessings, Amy
7/3/2014 11:43:24 am
Thanks Amy for your comments.
6/3/2014 06:36:41 am
Bisi, your post reminds me of something my Grandma used to end her letters to me with: "If you want to be happy you've got to be good." In my young teenage years I kind of scoffed these words off but they stuck with me and I have learned their truth. Joy comes and stays when we choose to walk in obedience to our Lord! Its not about rules and regulations but rather a heart surrendered to loving God!
7/3/2014 11:45:11 am
Hi Jeannie for your comments.
2/7/2014 10:33:35 pm
Yes and amen that pleasing God are our duty and love for him in Christ and making his wil ldaily to be thankful and share our faith around us with sowing our seed too in faith and in blessing to reap later big harvest in glory to God in Jesus name ,thanks and bless,keijo sweden
4/7/2014 06:48:56 am
Thanks Keijo for your dropping by and for your comment. God bless
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