Chapter 2 The Second Milestone “P”
Therefore, being reconciled through faith in Christ Jesus with the Heavenly Father, the Holy Spirit and the Word teach us to please the Father having as an example of His only Son and the faithful apostles. According to the very words of the Father recorded in (Luk 3:22) Jesus is the beloved Son with whom He is pleased. In addition, on the Mountain of Transfiguration, the heavenly voice from the cloud confirmed the same truth, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him,” (Mat 17:5).
To obey Jesus’ teaching of righteousness and be faithful to the New Covenant with him mean to please the Holy Trinity. If we are the true disciples of Jesus Christ, we should faithfully follow our Teacher in his baptism, fasting, devotional life, brotherhood, loving kindness, long-suffering for righteousness’ sake, and in his obeying to the Father – even to the point of death on the cross.
However, there are some Christians who are really not because they only speak aloud of their loyalty to Jesus Christ but they do not please the Lord of Hosts like the second son from The Parable of the Two Sons did not pleased his father. Here it is, “A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went. And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go,” (Mat 21:28-31).
Next, let’s see an another important thing, in this case with respect to preferences of pleasing the Lord. The example of this mind can be seen from conduct of two sisters, Mary and Martha, during Jesus’ visit to their home as a guest, (Luk 10:38-42). There is no need to repeat the well-knowing story but to make a conclusion. You can please the Lord in many ways such as doing your little duties with a lot of care – Martha; or benefiting your souls with heavenly/spiritual things – Mary. “But only one thing is really necessary,” said the Lord, “Mary has chosen the good part, and it’s not going to be taken away from her”, (v. 42).
“We’ll bring the little duties, We have to do each day, We’ll try our best to please Him, At home, at school, at play: And better are these treasures, To offer to our King, Than richest gifts without them; Yet these a child may bring.”
“Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more,” (1 Thess 4:1).
To be continued ……