Wednesday, May 25, 2022

How to Please God

We may try to please God in many different ways. Yet, there is only one way to please God. It's when God works in us to please Himself. He does this through the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6). Then, God is "working in you what is well pleasing in His sight" (Hebrews 13:21).

Those who try to please God with their own works are sure to fail. Those are works of the flesh which can never please God (Romans 8:8). We cannot merit God's favor nor earn His blessing. Grace gives God's unmerited favor to us in Christ. God is well pleased in His Son (Matthew 3:17). People can only please God by faith in His Son (Hebrews 11:6; 12:2).

Those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ need to know that God is working in them (Philippians 2:13). He works in us through the power of Jesus Christ (Romans 1:16). If we want to please God, it is in Christ alone. The power of Jesus Christ works in all who trust Him (Ephesians 1:13-14).

We can only please God in Christ alone. We confess Jesus is Lord (1 Corinthians 12:3). God's Spirit is working in us what is pleasing to Him. It's not about what we do for God, rather, it's all about what God does in us through Christ. God is working in us what is well pleasing in His sight.