Do I Really Want to Please God?
A lot of us ask before doing something –
“What does God permit?”
“Can I go there?”
“Will God really care if I do this?”
“It’s not that bad. Does God permit it?”
“Will He punish me if I do this?”
What you and I should really ask is –
“What pleases God?”
“How should I act to make Him pleased?”
These are two different ways of asking before we go that party, buy that item, look at that site on the internet, or play that online game. We SHOULD be wanting to please God . . . just not trying to get away with things we THINK are okay.
Joseph, when he was being tempted by Potiphar’s wife, said he wouldn’t do such a thing because he wanted to please God. We should live in that same attitude.
Read I Thessalonians 4:1 – 3 in The Message: It says, “One final word, friends. We ask you—urge is more like it—that you keep on doing what we told you to do to please God, not in a dogged religious plod, but in a living, spirited dance. You know the guidelines we laid out for you from the Master Jesus. God wants you to live a pure life.”
Think about it. I am.