Please Him?

Just thought I would share a few passages of Scripture this morning on the topic of pleasing God. There are some authors out there that are proposing that in Christ we please God so there is no need to try to please Him, or to consider our works before him. swingAs seems to be the case with men, we swing far beyond the boundaries of Scripture ignoring clear passages or dismissing them; crying that the greater context of Scripture is more important. Well, my friends read the words of Jesus in context, read the words of Paul in context. They each say the same thing. Jesus laid down His life for us, giving us the free gift of salvation. In turn we became the children and servants and friends of God. Though we have no obligation to serve Him to secure His love, or our salvation, we do have an obligation to Him as our CHOSEN Lord and Savior to please Him, to obey Him, to participate in His mission and to offer our lives to Him.  We are not our own, we have been bought with the price of the blood of Jesus Christ and His grace has been shed on us abundantly, not so that we will wallow in failure and guilt over our sin, but so that we may rise above our former master and serve the living and true God and please Him who has saved us.  Grace is not an ethereal stagnant thing; rather like faith is is alive and enabling and it is what makes our works and lives acceptable to the Lord, it is what empowers us to do that which we could never even attempt without it.  Grace is not earned but is available for all that need it and we all need it.  Without grace there is not service for the Lord, there is only pride and contention.  As I have studied this topic, I have found that there are many facets to grace and that it is a limitless gift of God.  There is grace in salvation, there is grace in service, there is grace is holiness, but there is no grace in sin.  Grace and sin are mutually exclusive where one reigns the other wilts.

1 Corinthians 7:32 (NKJV)
But I want you to be without care. He who is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord—how he may please the Lord.

1 Corinthians 10:1–13 (NKJV)
Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. (Looking ahead in faith towards the coming Messiah) But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.  Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.  Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is  common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 

1 Thessalonians 4:1–8 (NKJV)
Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified.  For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.

Hebrews 11:5–6 (NKJV)
By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Hebrews 13:10–16 (NKJV)
We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat. For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp. Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach. For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come. Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

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