God Pleasers by Trish

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Recently at church, our music minister made a statement that was so simple, yet so profound. He made reference to people being “God pleasers”.  That phrase resonated with me and for the duration of our time of worship, all I could do was just focus on my life and the desire to truly please God.

For a lot of women we find great satisfaction in serving others and there tends to be great fulfillment knowing that we’ve done something to contribute to the happiness of another.  While we should all adopt the heart of a servant, we should not become enslaved to the affirmation of the service provided.

People-pleasing is such a trap. It presents itself in pretty packaging and we deceive ourselves into thinking we are being a good Christian by running here, there and everywhere all in the name of “servanthood”. If “serving” others depletes me then I‘ve not served well. My mentor used to tell me “if helping others hurts me, it is time to stop helping”.

We have a responsibility to serve Jesus, who Himself came to serve and not be served. However, Jesus also knew what assignments to take on and when to pull away to retreat.

I believe that God is more interested in our lives being pleasing to Him first and out of the overflow of what we’re investing in, our time with Him and ourselves, we have more to offer those we are connected to.

So then, how do we please God?

1)      A lifestyle of FAITH

Hebrews 11:6 states that without FAITH, it is impossible to please God.

 

Hebrews 11:6 Amplified Bible (AMP)

6 But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].

*Bible Gateway (www.biblegateway.com)

Our faith shows God that our dependency is on Him. We are showing that our confidence is in His Word and not our situation. In any relationship, is trust not one of the most important pillars? We please God by honoring Him with a lifestyle of FAITH!

 

2)      A lifestyle of OBEDIENCE

What is it that God has prompted you to do? While our actions can’t “earn” us more of God’s love, I do believe that God takes pleasure in seeing us, as His daughters, obey His Word. Our response to His commands demonstrates our love for Him.

John 14:15 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.

*Bible Gateway (www.biblegateway.com)

 

3)      A lifestyle of WORSHIP

Intimacy in a relationship is created when the desire to know and be known takes priority. In our relationship with God He desires to have connection with us and for us to know Him all the more. In true worship we abandon ourselves for the sake of expressing our love for Him. In other words, we make time for Him; we make worship a priority in our life. I believe this pleases God because it is evident that our relationship with Him is worth an interruption in our schedule or sacrifice of time. Worship is not just singing songs during the music portion of our church service, but worship is a lifestyle.  I worship my God by how I live life. Worship also includes dedicated time of devotion to the lover of our souls. There is love so deep to be experienced and it’s only found in that place of worship. The awesome thing is that when we dedicate ourselves to worship and spending time with Him, our intent may be to just express our love for Him and we are the ones who walk away refreshed and restored because in His presence there is FULLNESS OF JOY!

 

Psalm 16:11 New King James Version (NKJV)

11 You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

*Bible Gateway (www.biblegateway.com)

 

Ladies, as you go about your day, aim to be a God-pleaser. The more you invest into your daily walk with Him, the more strength, grace and faith you’ll have for the journey!

Ladies On Life

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