Every wonder if God is pleased with your life? If you’re making the “cut” with Him?
I think about it often. It’s probably an age thing, but I find myself wondering if I’m on track for the life He mapped out before He “knit me together in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13). And then there’s my greatest fear.
The Bible talks about two critical moments in the life we experience after this one. One is where God confirms if we’re “in” or “out.” Truth be told, we should already know this one…
“…rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:20)
If that principle seems foreign to you, take a moment and watch this video.
The second critical moment is when God evaluates the life He created and then placed in our hands to manage. This is where my greatest fear shows up. The fear is that God looks at my life and says, “Well, you did good, but let me show you what I had in mind.” And then proceeds to reveal some insane life path that would have been way more exciting and effective than I am doing at the moment.
Anybody else with me?
The interesting dynamic in all of this is that He’s really not concerned with what we do at all. My mind goes to Matthew 7:21-23. In a nutshell, Jesus tells a parable to make the point that our relationship with Him is not about what we do with our lives, but that we make knowing Him the priority. He is more concerned with how we use our lives to enrich our fellowship with Him. And “using our lives” turns on what we do, think and say that expresses our faith (verb, not noun) in Him.
Let me break this down with another Bible verse (novel ideal).
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
Just for another look, here’s the same verse from the Message…
“It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
The answer to “How to Please God” rests in the amount of confidence we place in Him over our ability to manage life. He is less concerned with what we do and more concerned with who we know. And the way we know Him is by looking for Him in the Bible, in our decisions and in our circumstances.
There needs to be a common thread running through all that we do: “Where is God in this moment?” And when we stop and look for Him as an expression of our faith, it makes Him smile (Psalm 119:135) and He is pleased.