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One of the biggest questions in the life of a believer in Christ is how do I please God in my life. Many scholars and theologians have devoted countless hours to this question.
How can we as flawed individuals please God whose standard is perfect? The Bible says that there is not one that is righteous. Our best attempts at His standard in our life will always fall short
With that being said, do we give up the pursuit of holiness? The answer to this question is a resounding no. The realization of this should not causes despair but rather propel us forward to be more Christlike.
Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. The psalmist David gave a three-step formula in regards to our character.
First, we must walk with integrity. My father used to tell me that our word is all that we have and should that become compromised, then our word means nothing and people will not trust us anymore.
Our walk with Christ is the same. We need to walk with integrity. Our actions in our deeds should hold the highest caliber of authenticity. Let our yes be yes and our no be no.
This sounds simple, however, in today’s society, integrity is one of the most sought after traits in the entire business world. We must have a life of integrity.
Second, we must work righteousness. This does not mean we earn our way into the presence of Almighty God. Working righteousness means that we allow the spirit of God to speak to us and define our actions. We are led by his spirit to do right.
This righteousness is not just to be done to our friends and companions but to be done indiscriminately to everyone. This righteousness is not to make ourselves look good but to make the name of the Lord great.
Last, we must speak truth. This is not a relative truth but the whole truth. The ultimate truth comes from the word of God. The Old and the New Testament that speak of God‘s character and His master plan to restore our relationship with Him. He accomplish this through Jesus Christ.
Many would agree that Jesus Christ is a good person, but the truth is Jesus Christ went too far beyond the definition of the word good. Jesus Christ is the way the truth and the life and no man comes to God except through Him.
When you combine these three things, your life will be pleasing to God.
The answer to this question of how we please God seems simple when you read it but takes a lifetime to accomplish. Continue to strive and press toward the goal of being more and more like Jesus.
We can do all things through Jesus Christ who gives us strength. Ask and you will receive. Seek and you will find. Knock and it will be opened.