Pleasing God

Parents long for those moments when their children act in obedience and desire to please them. It always brought my wife and I joy when our children took initiative and, without asking washed the car, cut the grass, vacuumed the floor or simply responded to a request with obedience and honor. Any parent will be pleased when a child honors and obeys them (Eph. 6:1-2). In the same way, our Heavenly Father loves when His children desire to please Him.

In the Old Testament, Moses prescribed that people bring daily offerings as a continual “soothing aroma to the Lord” (Numbers 28:8). The soothing aroma was defined as “pleasing to Him”. In the same way, Paul urges all Christians to continually offer themselves as a soothing aroma; a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God (Romans 12:1). That is, every sphere of the Christian life, including our work, is an act of worship and should be pleasing unto Him. Let me ask you; is your daily effort, workplace relationships, integrity and attitude a soothing aroma unto the Lord? How can you ensure that it is?

First, and most importantly, we please God by trusting Him through faith. Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith it is impossible to please God. As believers, we live by faith in the work Christ did on the cross and not by what we can do each day. In other words, except for Christ, even our best effort is not pleasing to Him. Secondly, we please God by transforming the way we think. Romans 8:8 tells us that those ruled by the flesh will never please God. But, if we are transformed by the renewing of our mind, our lives will be pleasing to Him (Romans 12:1-2). Thankfully, His Word guides us to know how to live and how to please Him each day. Finally, a transformed mind means that we who are strong in the faith will not seek to please ourselves but build up and bear the scruples of the weak (Romans 15:1-2). Pleasing God means serving and helping others.

Your workplace challenge is to apply steps one, two and three above knowing that it will affect every sphere, area and aspect of your life, including your work. Seek to be a God pleaser rather than a man pleaser (Colossians 3:23). A God-pleasing effort in your workplace will certainly result in pleasing your employer too. So, please Him and make today count for His Glory!