Posted by: rhenderson8110 | July 25, 2013

Seeking to Please My God

Have you ever seen a child after being told to clean his room, drag his feet, fold his arms, and lug himself ever so slowly moving towards that dreaded room? You know, he is walking in the right direction but it’ll take him 3 hours to get there… and once he gets there he sits down to read a book or play instead of getting down to business. I listened to a stirring sermon today by Gary Petty that asked if that just might be us. I am a child of God. This is who I am– this is what I became when I was submerged under that water and had hands laid on me. More than anything, this is who I am. Am I dragging my feet on the way to obeying Him? Has my desire to please Him diminished? My Father, My Creator watched His son die for me- and here I am dragging my feet, half-way obeying Him and taking 3 hours to do what He asked me to do. 

The more I delve into the heart of this issue one question kept coming to mind: Do I really want to please God? Or are His laws necessary burdens? There is a difference between obeying because I know it will yield positive results and obeying because I love the Lawmaker. So I’m asking myself and I challenge you to ask yourself- Do I wake up and ask God, ‘How can I please you more today than I did yesterday? Show me new ways I can serve you and glorify you!’ Do you want to be shown? There is seeking and then there is submitting. I think sometimes I am willing to submit to doing it His way but the honest truth is that I’m not seeking it. I’ll do what I know God requires of me- but I don’t want to go looking for more ways I can submit.

On the other hand, it’s so easy to get wrapped up in pleasing those around us- our friends, our boss, even our family. How often do we do things to gain the favor of other people… as opposed to doing things to gain the favor of God? Am I spending more time trying to please my husband than I do trying to please my God? Are my actions, day to day, motivated by a clear desire to love, honor and glorify my God?  I can remember getting up with my cousins in the middle of the night to clean the house just for mom. I felt compelled to do something nice for her- granted, when I turned on the vacuum at 3 A.M. I can’t remember being rewarded for my acts of service… but I did have an honest desire which led to action to please her. Have we lost this for our heavenly Father? Are we willing to get up early, stay up late and sacrifice physical things to please Him? And we shouldn’t just be willing, we need to want to! I like to picture God looking down, pointing at me and saying, “I choose you. I want you to be my Child and I want to have an intimate and loving relationship-  the two of us in this thing together forever.” I think wanting to please Him has to start with grateful remembrance of that. I must begin and live and end every day as a Child of God and take comfort in knowing that God has given me everything I need to be a Child of His for all eternity.

I think Psalm 116 illustrates the process we all need to go through when we find ourselves dragging our feet to please God. Read David’s words and see if you aren’t reminded of all God has done for us. And then get down on your knees, up onto your feet and please Him more today than yesterday.

1 I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;
    he heard my cry for mercy.
2 Because he turned his ear to me,
    I will call on him as long as I live.
3 The cords of death entangled me,
    the anguish of the grave came over me;
    I was overcome by distress and sorrow.
4 Then I called on the name of the Lord:
    “Lord, save me!”
5 The Lord is gracious and righteous;
  our God is full of compassion.
6 The Lord protects the unwary;
  when I was brought low, he saved me.
7 Return to your rest, my soul,
  for the Lord has been good to you.
8 For you, Lord, have delivered me from death,
  my eyes from tears,
  my feet from stumbling,
9 that I may walk before the Lord
  in the land of the living.
12 What shall I return to the Lord
  for all his goodness to me?
16 Truly I am your servant, Lord;
  I serve you just as my mother did;
you have freed me from my chains.

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Responses

  1. I want to please My God also.
    http://holdingforthhisword.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/god-keeps-his-word/


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