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We Live To Please Him - June 21st 2024

Updated: Jun 22

Friday, 21st June, 2024

By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

 

“…We continually ask God…that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:9-10 NIV).

 

If you ever find that you’re not enthusiastic about pleasing God, then your love for the Lord Jesus is questionable. If you genuinely love the Lord, then your heart’s desire, always, would be to please Him; you want Him as the first place in your life. 


Why is it important that we please Him? It’s because we belong to Him and we live for Him. It’s about our identity as His children. 2 Corinthians 5:15 says, “…he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.” 


He isn’t just your heavenly Father but also the Lord; and this is what led to your salvation—the acknowledgement or confession of His lordship over your life. Therefore, living to please Him becomes a natural expression of your devotion because now He’s Lord of your life and everything about you.


While the Lord Jesus walked this earth, He rehearsed to us how to please the Father in all things. In John 8:29, He said, "…for I do always those things that please him." In John 5:30, He said, "… I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me." 


Jesus lived with the constant desire to please the Father and encouraged us to adopt or cultivate the same mindset. Again, in John 6:38, He said, "For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me." Then in John 4:34, He uttered some of the most inspiring words, "…My meat is to do the will of him that sent me and to finish his work." 


The Master revealed to us how to live in total submission to the Father’s will, pleasing Him in all things. We’re to emulate Him. There’s no greater joy or fulfilment than living to please God. Nothing pleases Him more than one genuinely loving Jesus Christ and living as He lived. 


PRAYER/CONFESSION

"Dear Father, thank you for the Holy Spirit who teaches, guides, and reveals your will to me in the Word so that my actions align with your perfect plan. The joy of pleasing you is the driving force in my life and I commit to walking in your perfect will always, in Jesus’ Name. Amen."


FURTHER STUDY

Colossians 1:9-10 AMPC; 1 Thessalonians 4:1; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15


1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:

Acts 9:32-43; Ezra 1-3


2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:

2 Corinthians 7:1-8; Isaiah 8


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