The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (Revelation 4:10-11)
The twenty-four elders were doing their daily routine of what they were genuinely convinced to do in appreciation of Whom God Almighty truly is. When these elders were on earth, they lived to please God. In humility of the heavenly inhabitants this revelation pointed out, they humbly cast their crown before the Throne of Almighty God, and they made a statement that revealed the heartbeat of God that should interest all the children of the Most-High God all over the world. They said, in their praiseworthy worship, that God created all thing, and for the purpose of His pleasure all things were created.
One of the obvious feature of a pleasant person is his mood of joy and happiness. A gladdened heart triggers off a happy and smiling face. There are many way we are unwittingly pleasing others in our day-to-day secular activities. We please our employers daily with our skills and professionalism when we pool our resources, team-work and multitasking abilities together to achieve the corporate goals. The kids in the schools please their parents and their teachers with excellent grades and excellent good behavior. The two people that are genuinely in love with each other endeavors to show it by a way of pleasing one and other with the heart of integrity, kind and caring heartedness and other unique loving gestures that affirms and strengthens their relationships. My three- and two-year-old granddaughters always please me with their hugs and their innocent happy laughter.
From pleasing each other in our secular relationship, we can extend it to our spiritual relationships with our Heavenly God our Father and our Creator in the way we live, and in the excellency of our characters because we are created for the pleasure of God. There are so many ways we can please God that the scripture had revealed unto us. It is the pleasure of God that believers should always demonstrate God pleasing faithfulness. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6) The centurion said to Jesus, “I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.” (Matthew 8:8) Our Lord Jesus Christ was marveled and pleased with the faith of the centurion that understood by faith, that there is no distance in the spiritual realm. He said, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. We should demonstrate our mustard seed faith in our Christian life to please our Heavenly Father.
It is the pleasure of God that we are steadfast in the work of the Lord. “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” (I Corinthians 15:58) The combination of the words “steadfast,” “unmovable,” “always abounding” is suggesting consistency in the work of the Lord. In order to understand why God desires our consistency, have we thought of the reason why He commanded that the lamp in the temple should always burning “…to cause the lamps to burn continually” (Leviticus 24:1) day and night even when there is no one in the temple? In His consistency, despite the sinful tendencies of humanity, God never break His covenant with the day and night “Thus says the LORD: If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night will not come at their appointed time, then also my covenant with David my servant may be broken” (Jeremiah 33:20-21) In the infinite mercy of God, He hold the world in His hands, He always maintain His consistency to bless humanity. We must learn from All-wise, Almighty God and humbly please Him with our consistent love and services in His vineyard in our daily Christian walk.
It is God pleasure that His people should seek His face in prayer. “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.” (Ezekiel 22:30) We always desire divine intervention in our Christian life. God also desires the cooperation of earthly in the area of our prayer life. In the perilous situations that abounds among humanity in our time, He is waiting for me and you to stand in gap, and to knock at the door of heaven in our intercessory prayer that God should please intervene. “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19) The keys of the kingdom of heaven is given to the intercessors. The mouthpiece of the intercessors must bind or loose a situation on earth with their intercessory prayers before heaven approve it. Let us therefore endeavor to humbly please God with our prayer ministration if we truly and sincerely desire divine intervention among humanity.
It is God’s pleasure to be among the people that are gathering together in His name and in unity of purpose for godly objectives. “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20) It is because God is pleased with the people that are gathering in unity and in His name that is why He manifest His presence among them. God is not a spectator and He is not a passive listener in our gathering. He is the reason for the gathering of His people and all the activities of our Christian gathering revolves round about Him. Specifically, the word of God commanded and encourage us to “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is.” (Hebrews 10:25) When we are together in the name of God, iron will sharpen iron so that our best will be rendered for the glory of God to please Him. Anytime we have occasion to assemble, let us ensure that the purpose of the gathering in unity is in the name of God. In addition, we need to always measure ourselves in the acceptable God’s righteousness in our gatherings.
It is God’s pleasure that we exhibit appreciation for those great and marvelous things He is doing in our lives. The Scripture tells us that God dwells in the praises of His people that gather with the heart of praises unto Him. “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” (Psalm 22:3) Our Lord Jesus Christ demanded for heart of appreciation when He healed ten lepers and only one came back to express his appreciation. “And[lepers]lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he [Christ] said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?” (Luke 17:13-17) In all aspects of lives, our praiseworthy appreciation is paramount and is one of the important steps to please God.
It is God’s pleasure when His people come unto Him with clean hands and pure hearts. “Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.” (Psalm 24:3-5) Clean hands and pure hearts prepares you to become a masterpiece instrument in the hands of the Master Builder. You are next in line for the unction of His anointing of excellence if you can yield to the spiritual cleansing recommended steps for the preparation of high calling.
It is God’s pleasure that His children is holy as He is holy. “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14) The issue of holiness is not popular and appreciated in this unholy wild world. Holiness is the spiritual visa to enter into the kingdom of God. Remember that lambs do not give birth to dogs. “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16) If truly we are children of God, we must please our Heavenly Father and resemble Him in holiness to reflect His glory because He that called us is holy.
It is God’s pleasure that His children will preach the good news of salvation to the whole world. Jesus Christ said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:15-16) It is the Lord’s pleasure that we may become the light of the world that shine brightly with God’s glory in our Christlike characters. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) Anyone with light have a unique responsibility to lead people that are groping in darkness of worldliness to the brilliant light of the glory of God. Your salvation is blood bought, wrapped with the love of God, expressly packaged and delivered unto you through faith. (Ephesians 2:8) You have responsibility to please God with your ambassadorial calling by making a difference in this world by inviting others into the kingdom of God with your Christlike characters, persuasive kindness and encouragement for the glory of God.
It is God’s pleasure that His children fear Him. The fear of God in this context is the reverential love that we have for Him that would prevent us from dipping our hand into sinful life. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10) It is the desire of God that His people dwell in His wisdom. It was said of David that he behaved himself wisely. It was because he always wisely seek the face of God to please Him before making important decision. The consistent reading of the manual of life which is the scripture and our humble yieldingness to the precepts of righteousness will lead us to sincere fear of God.
It is God’s pleasure that His children that love Him should keep His commandments. Above all the ways we can please God, there is nothing comparable to the proof of our love for God to please Him by searching the scripture and keeping God’s commandments. Christ said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15) No parent is ever happy and pleased with a stubborn child. A child that is cooperating with his or her parent in obedience is walking each day towards the desired blessing of the parent. The same is for a child of God that is walking in obedience according to the commandment of God. God testified about the obedience of the patriarchs that they did all things according to the commandments of God. “So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.” (Genesis 6:22) “Moses proceeded to do everything just as the LORD had commanded him.” (Exodus 40:16) God spoke through the mouth of Prophet Isaiah saying, “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.” (Isaiah 1:19) God is ready to bless us and give us the best of life, but are we willing to please him with our obedience to His commandments? May the Lord open the eyes of our understanding so that we can always make a right choice of pleasing God in Jesus name, Amen.
Prayer: Oh, Merciful Father, Let the eyes of my understanding be enlightened; that I may know the hope of Your calling in my life in Jesus name. Let me live day by day to please You faithfully with my characters, my skills, my dedication and all that you have given me. Teach me, Heavenly Father to behave myself wisely in the choices that I make daily so that the output of my life will be acceptable unto you in Jesus name, Amen.