Pleasing God

Cecil Martens

READ : Colossians 1:9-14

The creed of our culture today seems to be “please yourself.” The Lord Jesus declared, “I always do what pleases him” (John 8:29). Who do you try to please? The Bible says:

“So we make it our goal to please him” (2 Cor. 5:9).
“We instructed you how to live in order toplease God” (1 Thess. 4:1).
“Find out what pleases the Lord” (Eph. 5:10).
“We pray . . . you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may
please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work,
growing in the knowledge of God” (Col. 1:10).
“May the God of peace . . . equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ” (Heb. 13:21). [italics added]

The theme is clear: let’s learn what pleases God and then do it again, “Looking to Jesus.”

I went on a two-week fishing trip to Alaska with our two sons. I felt badly when Brent did not catch a fish the first week. But then on a chartered fishing boat in Cooks Bay he caught his first fish of many. His success brought a deep sense of pleasure. God takes much more pleasure in our spiritual successes.


O God, my goal is to please you. Through Jesus. Amen.