What pleases the LORD? How can we please Him? Do we even want to? It’s our higher calling if we are His. There are three verses in today’s chapter that lend themselves to this truth.
4 Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest.
What is our motivation? If we have Christ in our hearts, HE is our motivation. His Spirit lives in us, works in us, and calls us to move. Titus 2:14 bears out this point:
14 who [He] gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
No Spirit? No motivation. Know the Spirit? Know His motivation.
5 The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.
What is our INTENTION? Our sin nature is more than just skin deep. We call it, “the flesh,” but it is a core problem. As long as we are in these physical bodies, we will fight it. That’s why Jesus’ finished work on the cross was so important. We only have victory through death–the death of these bodies. We–our hearts, minds, souls, and spirits–have already been made righteous in God’s eyes. We are ALREADY BLAMELESS through Jesus! Knowing this, we acknowledge our fight, we move through our temptations and get on with what Christ is encouraging us and calling us to do. We FOLLOW THROUGH.
6 Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find?
We are called to be faithful. He gives us both the desire and the power to do His will (Phil. 2:13). We must give Him complete control, especially if we are in a bad place. Jesus can and will help us to get back to the “path of life” where He is and He wants us.
Here is how:
8 For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! 9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. 10 Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. Ephesians 5:8-10
To find out what pleases the Lord, we must ask each time we make a decision, “Is it good, right and true?”
- Is it good? For this, we need the Word of God. It defines what God considers good and bad for us. It is our standard for living.
- Is it right? “Many things are beneficial, but not all things are profitable” 1 Corinthians 6:12. It may be good, but it’s not right for us. Only the Spirit can lead us in this decision.
- Is it true? Does it fit the general direction we and God are going? With this question, there may not be a logical answer. It comes from our walk with Him and the calling He has given us.
If we ask ourselves these three questions each time we make a decision, we will have a GReaT life in Him and for Him (Good, Right, True). Start TODAY!
Abba, I pray for my readers that they will set aside their own personal wants and perceived needs and turn to You for strength and direction. May they die to themselves and allow You to live through them. Make them “tough for Jesus,” LORD. Help us to “set our face like flint” toward righteousness and to reject all ungodliness. Make us shine like stars in Your universe, O God! Amen.