Living to Please Him (Part 1)
God’s unfailing love for us is never based on our behavior but His character of faithfulness. We cannot do anything to make God love us more or less. He loved us and died for us when we were still sinners. However, we are completely responsible with how pleased God is with us.
2 Corinthians 5:9-10 (NKJV)
9 Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
Unlike those who have yet to know Jesus, our sins will not be judged for the blood of Christ has eradicated the eternal punishment ascribed to sin. However we will be rewarded or will suffer loss for our labor as believers in Christ Jesus. God does not practice egalitarianism. Not everyone will be rewarded equally. Some will lose their reward simply because they have not done what pleases God while others will be rewarded greatly for what they have done. The apostle John’s warning to believers would be absurd if God rewarded all believers equally despite what we have done and not done:
2 John 1:8-9 (NKJV)
8 Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward.
9 Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.
God has goals set for you and me. In contemporary terms, God has key performance indicators (KPIs) set for all believers in their walk with Him. God is pleased and rewards us when we accomplish a goal in His approved will for us. God expects us to seek, find and do His will for our lives. He is well pleased when we carry that out diligently.
Let us pray.
Dear Lord, thank You for reminding me that I am forgiven and I do not have to perform to earn Your love. I want to live a life that pleases You because You have first loved me. Let Your love compel me to live each day desiring to please You in all that I do. Teach me how to run this race with endurance so that I will receive Your full reward at the end of the day. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.