Pleasing God

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My 4 year old son Henry has a habit of saying to me, “Daddy, look at me for a really long time.”  Once he has my attention, then he jumps off a chair or runs fast or does something to impress me.  It’s natural for a son to want to please his father.  Once a person becomes a Christian they should want to please their heavenly father.  But how do we do this?  How do we please our Father? We find the answer writen by Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 which says: Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to PLEASE GOD, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. 2 For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.

3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should learn to control his own body[a] in a way that is holy and honorable, 5 not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; 6 and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. 7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. 8 Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.

9 Now about brotherly love we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. 10 And in fact, you do love all the brothers throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers, to do so more and more.

11 Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

Paul’s answer in summary is:

1.  Live a life of sexual purity.

2.  Live a life of love.

3.  Live a life of responsility.

So are we living to please God or ourselves?  The answer to that question makes all the difference.

Under His Mercy,

Derek Dickinson

Minister, Journey Christian Church

Fairbanks, Alaska

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