What does God look for in order to bring him pleasure? Is it faith, works, or something else altogether?
In 2 Corinthians 5:9-10, the Word tells us that we should make it our aim to live righteously so that when we appear before the judgment seat, we will please him. However, we must keep in mind that what impresses people is not what impresses God.
What will we be able to present to the Lord when we stand before him? Will he find pleasure in us, or will he say, “Oh, you wicked servant! I will cast you from me.”
What impresses God?
Turn to Hebrews 11 to see what God sees as important, for here he has listed examples for us to emulate.
Example #1: Abel offered God an excellent sacrifice.
Example #2: Noah stepped out on faith, spending 120 years to build the ark, and he did it to save his family.
Example #3: Abraham struck out on his travels with no more than trust in God, and he earned a testimony that says he pleased God.
Example #4: Sara believed in the promise of the angel long after most women would have given up.
Example #5: It was by faith that Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau.
Example #6: Jacob also stepped out on faith, blessing the sons of Joseph.
Example #7: By faith Moses carried the children of Israel to the shores of the Promised Land.
Maybe we have pleased our Sunday school teachers, our neighbors, and our spouses. Maybe our bosses have written glorious epitaphs to be read at our retirement celebrations. However, will our lives be such that God will include us in the footnotes of his story?
Matthew 7:21 tells us that not everyone who says Lord, Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven. God will say, “I never knew you.”
It must be our driving goal to be the person God wants us to be, to hear him say, “Well done thou good and faithful servant.”
In order to please God, he wants us to exercise faith and offer praise to him continually. Then we will earn heaven as our eternal home.
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