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. The definition of what does it mean to please God is found in (Sir 35:3). It says, “To depart from wickedness is a thing pleasing to the Lord; … .” Next, 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). There is cloud of people in the Scripture who may serve us as an example of how to please God where Jesus Christ is the most perfect.
It is trustfully to believe that obeying Jesus’ teaching of righteousness and being faithful to the New Covenant with him will be counted us with one company of God’s saints. 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.
Of course there are always people who just profess themselves as Christians that is why they are found very light in God’s scale. Usually they speak loudly of their loyalty but do not please the Lord in proper way, instead they please themselves or people from whom they hope to receive a profit for the expense of loyalty to the teaching of Christ; likewise did the second son from The Parable of the Two Sons. Accordingly, “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).
If to approach the subject with respect to the arts of pleasing let say what kind pleasing is more preferable to the Lord. At this instance, I ask you to recall the well-known story of two sisters, Mary and Martha, who hosted the Lord in their house but by two different ways, (Luk 10:38-42). And as we have recalled it, let us conclude.
You can please the Lord in many ways such as doing your little duties with a lot of care as Martha; or you can benefit your own soul giving the Lord all opportunity to be trained unto eternal life – 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). Mary’s attitude was more preferable in the sight of the Lord because she worked out her salvation just as the Lord, for he wants all people to be saved in general and particularly Mary. There is nothing more preferable with respect to pleasing the Lord, but by the all given means to make effort, first, on behalf of our own salvation, and second, behalf of others.
“My God desires the soul’s salvation; My soul He too, desires to save. Therefore with Christian resignation all earthly troubles I will brave. His will be done eternally: What pleases God, that pleases me,” (LSB # 719:3)
“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 ……