2 Corinthians 5:9-10 (New Living Translation) “So our aim is to please him always, whether we are here in this body or away from this body. For we must all stand before Christ to be judged….”
When I read these verses at the first of the year, I decided to make this my goal for 2010: To seek to please Christ every day. Now, how does one do that? I cry out with the psalmist, “Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths.” (Psalm 25:4 New King James) Yes! That’s how I can be well-pleasing to Christ—learn and do God’s ways and walk in His paths. Verse 9 of the same psalm says, “The humble He guides in justice, and the humble He teaches His way.” Humility is the key. God will teach me His way and direct me in His paths as I humble myself before Him.
So as I look into God’s Word, I can look for instruction in how to please Jesus. I see in John 15:5 that apart from Christ I can do nothing. He is the vine, and I am a branch. May I bear abundant fruit! In John 15:12 Jesus commands us to love each other as He loves us. The more I show God’s love to others, the more my Lord is pleased. From 2 Timothy 2:4 and Colossians 3:2, I learn to let heaven fill my thoughts and not let this life’s concerns entangle me. How delightful to search (and find) each day what pleases the Lord Jesus Christ!
If I had only one day to live, I would want to live so that Jesus could welcome me home with the words, “Well done.” And actually all of us have only one day to live—today—because we can’t re-live yesterday and tomorrow is never promised. So I join Paul in making it my aim to please Christ always.
God Gives Wisdom
Proverbs 2:3-7 (New King James) “Yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly.”
So let me walk uprightly and partake of the sound wisdom God has stored up! Please teach me, Lord, to cry out for discernment and understanding and to seek the treasures of knowledge and understanding in Your Word. Amen.
Copyright Tricia Opitz 7/28/10