“Why am I always the one who has to do the right thing?”
Have you ever asked that question, or heard someone else talk that way?
The reason we always seek to do the right thing in every situation, even when others don’t, is not to please others. Our goal is to please the Lord. We always seek to do the right thing to please Him!
You can see this in the life of Jesus, who said:
“He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, FOR I ALWAYS DO THOSE THINGS THAT PLEASE HIM.” John 8:29 NKJV (emphasis mine).
His pleasure was to always give the Father pleasure in watching everything He did. That should be your desire, as well. Your pleasure should always be to give the Father pleasure by everything you do.
Do you remember what the Father said about His Son? He said:
“This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17 NKJV.
This is what you should want the Father to say about you!
Did you know that God takes delight in watching you grow in Him? Every time you act upon His Word, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight, and make the right decisions in your life, He rejoices over you.
There is a beautiful passage in the Old Testament that I often quote, when I teach on spiritual growth and maturity. It reads:
“The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; HE WILL REJOICE OVER YOU WITH GLADNESS, HE WILL QUIET YOU WITH HIS LOVE, HE WILL REJOICE OVER YOU WITH SINGING (OR, LEAPS OF JOY).” Zephaniah 3:17 NKJV (emphasis mine).
Just as we rejoice over our children when they learn to walk and talk and do things for themselves, so your Heavenly Father rejoices over you every time you make steps of faith and do what is right and pleasing in His sight. When you seek to please Him in everything you do, it pleases Him all the more! This is why I encouraged you to take pleasure in giving Him pleasure! God loves to delight in His children. In fact, He rejoices over us with singing and leaps of joy!
This leads me to make the following point: God loves you just the way you are! This is difficult for some believers to grasp, but it is true none the less. As a parent, if your teenage child had a messy room, or didn’t take out the Garbage when asked, would you love your child any less? No, of course not, and your heavenly Father is no different.
What pleases God the most is when His children are quick to repent, and keep themselves from sin. The moment you know you have missed it, confess that sin instantly. The Apostle John wrote:
“If you confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 NKJV.
By instantly confessing your sin, you will always keep yourself pure, clean and sparkling white. Then if you are also careful to keep yourself from sin, and shake off any the defilement of the flesh or spirit, you will be extra pleasing to God, you will perfect the holiness of God in your life, as you know from 1 Corinthians 7:1, which reads:
“Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” NKJV.
That is a life that is pleasing to God. You are holy, dear saint!
Next week we will look at: “What Pleases God The Most!”
[This is Day Six of a series on The Life of A Saint, a 31-day devotional]