The Priority of Pleasing God

Pleasing God

When it comes to living the Christian life, many are consumed by the preoccupation of pleasing people at the expense of pleasing the Lord. They are concerned about what others think about them and are concerned as to whether they are matching up to the standard of others. As a result, many start telling others what they want to hear; they fail to affirm their confidence in God’s word because they are frightened of offending people. When you consider the life of the apostle Paul, he was an individual who lived for an audience of one. He was consumed by the priority of pleasing God. Pleasing God should be the believer’s greatest ambition. Consider the following references:

So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil”  .

But just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.

Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more.

It is clear that this is a biblical mandate, but what does it mean to please God?

Pleasing God is walking with God – which means you are going in a Divine direction. The term “walk” carries the meaning of conduct in the Bible. This presupposes that one is saved and as a result of his salvation, he lives his life in harmony with this grand truth. The Scriptures give specific examples of what the believer is to walk. For example, we are told to “walk in newness of life” (), “walk by faith” (), “walk by the Spirit” (), “walk in love” (), “walk in light” (; ) and to “walk” wisely (). All of this “walking” is a reference to obedient Christian living that is pleasing to the Lord. Such conduct ought to be a response of gratitude to the Lord for all that He has done for us in Christ.

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So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.

4:1 Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more.

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

for we walk by faith, not by sight.

16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,

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Andrew Courtis

Andrew Courtis

ANDREW - Serves as Pastor of Hills Bible Church. I am married to Dianne and we have three children (Kate, Emma and Jack). I was born and raised in Melbourne, moved to Adelaide to undertake theological studies (BMin.), and have completed additional studies with the Australian College of Theology (MATh.). I have served in pastoral ministry in both Melbourne and Sydney and am a qualified school teacher. I am committed to expository preaching and making the word of God known and understood.

2 thoughts on “The Priority of Pleasing God”

  1. Well written Andrew,
    I’d like to point out that sacrificing certain things in our life can help us better “walk” accordingly.
    Nowadays we are extremely dependent on instant gratification, Internet, IPhones, tex messages etc. If we periodically or permantly fast from some of these things, and pray Gods will and thank him for our necessities, then walking with love or faith can become much more easier to understand in our world today.

    1. Hi Cole, thanks for commenting. It is very helpful for us to make sure that we are regularly casting off those weights which so easy beset us. My weights will not always be the same as other people’s weights. So privately before the Lord, I am to make sure nothing in my life is hindering my walk. Why? Because we love our Master and ought to serve Him.

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