I’ve been spending the last few weeks reading through the Old Testament.
I think there is no clearer place to find the answer to the question: What is pleasing to God?
He lays out pretty clearly what He expects from His people in Deuteronomy 10:12-13.
- Fear Him
- Obey Him
- Love Him
- Serve Him
The New Testament clearly gives us the Good News. There is a direct path to salvation and forgiveness of sin–Jesus Christ. However, I think it’s important to diligently pursue a path of pleasing God. In fact, I’m not certain you can truly claim faith, without a burning desire to please (James 2:14).
I often use the analogy of a parent and their child…
You always love your children, but it’s so pleasing when they respect you and heed your loving guidance–and there’s a healthy dose of fear sprinkled in. From that, if your children truly love you it’s impossible not to want to please your parent.