Encouragement

4 Ways to Please God

March 28, 2014

How do you please God? Do you please him by reading your Bible, helping your neighbor in need or showing up to church every once in a while? Did you know the Bible teaches us how we can please God, how we can really get to know him?  But if you haven’t read the Bible or know much about God, how can you know how to please him?

If you’re not a Christian, it’s not too late. Jesus Christ, the son of God came to earth to die for your sins. He suffered, bled and  died to make eternal life available to you. If you trust Jesus Christ to be your savior, understanding he died to cleanse you of your sins, your whole life will change immediately.

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If you are a Christian, you should understand how to please God, but sometimes it can be hard knowing exactly where to start, so let’s start with the Old Testament example of a man named Enoch.

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Hebrews 11:5-6

In the verses above, translated means he was immediately teleported into heaven. Enoch didn’t experience death at all. He pleased God so much that God just wanted him to be in heaven with him, and brought him on up. I love that. Enoch pleased God. Verse 5 states that “he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” Just think about that for a moment, that is a phenomenal testimony, a testimony that I want to have.

As far as I can tell, there is only one other man mentioned in God’s word that had that kind of testimony. Can you guess who he is?

And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Matthew 3:17

It was Jesus. Jesus continually sought to do the will of his father (God) and to please him.

And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
John 8:29

Do you want to please God?

So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Romans 8:8

So what does that mean, in the flesh? Well, in this verse it is referring to the natural man, which is the unsaved man. So from birth, if you’re not saved, you can’t please God. It sounds harsh, but God wants you to trust in him.

If you are saved, but away from God and doing things in your own power without any direction from him, you could also be doing things “in the flesh” too. Doing good things with a wrong intent, or things you think are good that God doesn’t want you to still displeases him.

So what’s a Christian to do?

How do they please God?

By Faith

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Hebrews 11:6

Faith is the foundation of it all. Like I mentioned above, if you have no trust or faith in God, you can’t please him.

But as it says (above) in Heb 11:6, action follows faith, “and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

Are you diligently seeking after God?

Do you genuinely want to know him better?

It takes work, and diligent seeking, but God has promised to reward this kind of diligence.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9

Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
James 2:18-20

So those that have faith in God (Christians) should seek the Lord, and should seek to please him.

But what are some specific things we can do to please him?

By Spreading the Gospel

But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
I Thessalonians 2:4

The Great Commission was given by Jesus Christ before he ascended back up to heaven. It was his desire that his followers (Christians) should tell others about him, until everyone has heard.

Are you actively doing this?

The Bible says it is a a way to please God.

How else can a believer please him?

By Giving to Missions

But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.
Philippians 4:18

Here the church at Philippi had sent Paul a gift to meet his needs. They were helping to Paul so that he could minister and tell others about Christ.

Giving to missions pleases God.

How else can he be pleased?

By Doing Good Works

But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Hebrews 13:16

Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Hebrews 13:21

That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
Colossians 1:10

Do you generously give of your time, talent and money to help others? Do you have a focus on telling others about the gospel? Do you take time to worship the Lord? Do you attend church regularly? Do you pray regularly? Do you read God’s word regularly?

No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
2 Timothy 2:4

For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
2 Peter 2:20

God doesn’t want you to become so entangled in this life that you forget to please him. Christians should put their faith in him and trust that God will take care of them. God promises in his word that he takes care of his children.

But if you aren’t a Christian, if you haven’t put your trust in God, then you aren’t a child of God and his promises don’t apply to you, and you can’t please him. If this isn’t you I urge you… I implore you to find out how.

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