Have you ever wondered what kind of believer pleases God the most?
Many people in the church today think that those who are the most correct in their doctrine or theology please God more than anyone else. But God is not impressed with what we know, He is more impressed by what we do. In the Parable of the Talents, we see that it was only the servants who did well that received the praise of their master:
“His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” (Matthew 25:21 NKJV)
God isn’t as impressed with those who have great theology or doctrine, as much as those who seek to please Him by what they do. He is not looking for those who are quick to hear what He says, as much as those who are quick to do what He has told them to do in His Word. This is why the Apostle James wrote:
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” (James 1:22 NKJV)
Those who think that having great Bible knowledge is what impresses God the most, are only deceiving themselves. It is only those who practice God’s Word who actually please God. This is why Jesus said:
“If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” (John 13:17 NKJV)
With this in mind, let us look at the kind of believer who pleases God the most.
First, God is pleased with those who are quick to repent. Many of God’s children run around with soiled garments because they are slow to repent and confess their sins. God wants us to be quick to admit we have sinned and keep ourselves free from sin. This is why Apostle John wrote:
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 NKJV)
It is amazing to realize that God is eagerly waiting for us to acknowledge our sins, just so that He can forgive us. He wants us to live free from the pollution of the world!
The next kind of believer that God is looking for is those who are quick to forgive. God is quick to forgive us for our wrongdoing, and He expects us to be just like Him. He wants us to be always quick to forgive when people do things against us. Jesus made this very clear when He warned:
“But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.” (Mark 11:26 NKJV)
We need to take forgiving others very seriously and be ready to forgive, even before people have wronged us.
It shouldn’t surprise us to hear that those who are quick to humble themselves are also pleasing to God. If we walk in humility, we will be more prone to repent and be forgiving. This is why it is so important for us to learn how to humble ourselves before God and also before others.
“For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 14:11 NKJV)
Those who are humble in heart resonate with the heart of the Father. He loves being around that kind of believer!
It also pleases God when His children are quick to believe what He has written in His Word or has spoken to their hearts.
Notice what Jesus said to those who did not believe the report about His resurrection:
“Then He said to them,’O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!’ ” (Luke 24:25 NKJV)
God wants us to be quick to believe what He says, and He wants us to be quick to act on His promises, claiming them for ourselves.
In the same way, God wants us to be quick to obey Him when He speaks to us, or we read a commandment in His Word. When the Lord sent King Saul on a mission, He expected him to do everything He told him to do. However, Saul got his eyes off the commandment of the Lord and began to listen to the people. Instead of killing all the livestock as he had been instructed, he kept them to sacrifice to the Lord. The result was he disobeyed God. The Prophet Samuel then said to him these words:
“Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.” (1 Samuel 15:22 NKJV)
When we know that God has told us to do something either from His Word or directly to our hearts, we need to be quick to do it. Those who purpose in their hearts to obey the Lord the moment they know He has spoken to them, are pleasing God far more than those who don’t. Does that make sense to you?
Above all else, God is pleased with those who are quick to love others. If we say we love God with all of our hearts, but we don’t walk in love for those around us, then our love for God is not as great as we think. The Apostle John, who was also known as the Apostle of Love, wrote:
“And this commandment we have from Him; that he who loves God must love his brother also.” (1 John 4:21 NKJV)
God has given us a measuring stick by which we can determine how much we love Him: We do not love God any more than we love those around us. God has commanded us to love one another as He has loved us. If we really love Him, then we will also obey Him. He has loved us unconditionally, and He delights in us when we are quick to love others the same way. That is the kind of believer that pleases Him the most!
You are holy, dear saint!
Have you discovered the things which please God the most in your walk with Him? Let me know in the comments below!
[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]