Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Is God Pleased?
One recent morning as I began my devotions, I felt the need for something from the Lord that would either encourage me or tell me exactly what I needed. I had woken up a little grumpy and every little thing was bugging me, even that early in my day.
The tool I'd chosen that morning for my devotions was My Utmost For His Highest. I love older writings because the thoughts are usually much deeper than much of what we read today. The title of that day's devotional was The Worker's Ruling Passion, with 2 Corinthians 5:9 as the Scripture text: "Wherefore we labor that . . . we may be accepted of him." Now, that sounds like Mr. Chambers was advocating works for salvation! But I knew better than that, so I read on. The main thought was that our primary ambition is to please God. Everything we do - winning souls, building a church, keeping a home, working a secular job - is to have as its motivation pleasing God. Not people.
I have to admit to you that I am a people-pleaser. I like for people to be happy with me, and I have a tendency to base my worth on how people perceive me. I want my husband, my parents, my friends, even you, my blog readers, to be pleased with me and think that I'm doing good things. It's good to do right for the sake of pleasing God, but doing right to please others or to make myself look good has the wrong motivation. And that was what I needed to read this morning.
You see, we started our church here four years ago, and from the outside looking in, it looks like we're not doing much. We're still running around 25-30 people on Sunday mornings, we don't have many teens or children, we don't have any special programs going . . . all of that is what I perceive people are looking for. But are we (am I?) doing what God wants us to do?
In my home, I like to use the principles of FlyLady, and I feel that I've failed if my home isn't company-ready, meals prepared effortlessly, sinks shining - and I can't let any of you know that it's usually not because I'm supposed to be busy about those things and being an example. But is God pleased with how my home is managed? I look at other pastors' wives and see what they're doing, and then try to do that in our ministry - and it fails. Because what they are doing is not what God wants me to do!
There is tremendous freedom in this concept! I've felt it lately - I only have to worry about pleasing God! Has what people think of you been holding you back or lowering your sense of worth? Look to God, honestly seek what He wants of you, and then do that with your whole heart. Seek to please God!
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