In this excerpt, Pastor Homan writes about pleasing God and how it fits into a correct motivation for ministry. Love for God is the only correct, lasting motive for both ministry and the Christian life.
Where does pleasing God fit into correct motivation?
Revelation 4:11 tells us that we were created to please God.
Pleasing God, of course, is another effect of the landslide that is the love of God. Not a motivation in itself.
Funny enough, we think that it is what we do that pleases Him instead of who we are.
We think that He is more impressed with our production than He is in the person He is forming us to be. In thinking this way, we elevate our handiwork over the workmanship of God.
We exalt achievement and downplay character in our society. However, any parent worth their salt will tell you that they would rather have a godly teenager flipping burgers at the local fast food establishment than a rebellious teen heading up a dot-com empire. I think we have forgotten that God is a Father who is first interested in who we are, and then He helps us do what we do.
Did you ever read about God’s inspection of Adam’s work in the Garden? We all think in the back of our minds that this is the reason why God was showing up in the “cool of the day” – to inspect. Nope, it was to spend time with the one who pleased Him. Adam didn’t please God because of his own production, but instead Adam pleased God because Adam was God’s creation!
God isn’t nearly as excited about what we are doing (although we do right in response to His love) as He is excited about His new creation…what He has created in us and is doing in us! That is what He is pleased with.
The truth is that God is easily pleased. He is pleased when He sees what He has done in us, not what we have done to look good to Him. Remember the “filthy rags” part? (Isa 64:6) It’s what He does in me that matters!!!
For some tangled and bungled up reason, we have this notion that we keep God happy by our works. We couldn’t please Him with our works at salvation and we aren’t supposed to walk by works now. (2 Cor. 5:7)
Oh, how much pain we cause ourselves when we have a distorted view of God. So many times, we see Him as a quality inspector on an assembly line instead of as a grandparent waiting for the grandchildren to arrive for a visit.
He loves us, because He sees Himself (Jesus) in us. That’s what pleases Him.
Are you trying to please God by works, or are you resting in His love for you? Learn more about God each week by worshipping with the friendly church family of Northside Baptist Church – Sundays at 11:00 am.
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