On this sermon, we are going to look at what pleases God according to the bible.
From this sermon you will get to learn about the following:
- Why we should do what pleases God.
- Conventional idea about what pleases God in Christendom.
- What pleases God according to the bible. etc
I hope you read it with the Spirit of God Who reveals all mysteries in Jesus name. Amen.
Why we should do what pleases God.
As Christians doing what pleases God should be our aim and priority because if we are able to do so we will obtain whatever we want from Him.
So many scriptural verses attest to the fact that it is only the righteous or say those who pleases God that He hears and listen to them.
But in Christendom so far, so many conventional ideas exists already about what pleases God, that is to say what Christians can do to please God.
And before we go into the core of this sermon and discover what pleases God according to the bible; let us first and foremost look at those conventional ideas about what pleases God that already exists in Christendom.
Conventional idea about what pleases God in Christendom.
Belo are some of the conventional ideas that about what pleases God that exists in Christendom.
- Paying of tithes and offering.
- Sweeping the church and dressing the altar.
- Singing in the choir or releasing gospel music.
- Joining the prayer band.
- Building or renovating the church of God.
Now since it is the bible we are going to use in order to discover what pleases God, let us review at least 2 scriptural verses or portions that will help us to drive home our points.
Prophet Micah’s view about what pleases God.
The first scriptural verse we are going to review on Prophet Micah’s view is Micah 6:6-7.
The writer of this portion, Prophet Micah begins the discourse by asking what he shall bring before the LORD in an attempt to please him.
Now he outlines the following items and ask if it is right for him to bring it to God:
What Prophet Micah proposes as gifts that pleases God.
- Burnt offerings (calves a year old, thousands of rams,ten rivers of oil).
- His first born son for his trangressions.
- Fruit of his body for the sin of his soul.
Prophet Amos response to Prophet Micah’s proposal.
In response, the Prophet Micah writes:
“I hate, I dispise your feast days, and I do not savor your sacred assemblies. Though you offer Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I will not accept them, nor will I regard your fattened peace offerings. Take away from Me the noise of your songs, for I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments. But let justice run down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream.(Amos 5:21-24)
And from the above response we can go back to also see how Prophet Micah himself concluded his discourse above in verse 8, He says: He has shown you O man what is good; and what does the LORD requires of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
Now the feast days, burnt offerings and sacred assemblies symbolize the work of God we listed above; which as we see cannot please God.
What happens when we work for or give to God.
The scripture says in 1 John 4:20: If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.
Now as we can see from the above scripture, whatever we do here on earth to God is going to favour a fellow human being.
The tithes and offering you pay is for the upkeep of the men of God and their families.
When you sweep the church and dust the chairs, it is your fellow human beings who are going to enter the church and sit on those chairs to worship God.
If you have money to erect a big church of God, know that it is human beings that are going to gather there and worship God.
So in essence, there is nothing that we do or give here to God on earth that goes to him directly.
Instead, it is our fellow human beings that are going to make use of it.
So let us move on now to discover those things that pleases God according to the bible.
What pleases God according to the bible.
From the 2 scriptural verses we reviewed about what pleases God, we can deduce the following things as what pleases God according to the bible.
- To be just with every human being.
- To be merciful i.e. forgive people no matter the wrong they do to us.
- And be humble with God i.e. continue God’s word as possible as we could.
Another scripture that clearly shows us what pleases God according to the bible is Romans chapter 12.
And permit me to draw out the things that pleases God from that scripture for you below.
What pleases God according to Romans 12.
From Romans chapter 12, we can draw out the following points about what we can do to please God.
- Being dedicated to God’s service.
- Do not think of yourself more highly than you should, instead be modest in your thinking.
- Use the gifts, that is natural ability God has given to us for his service. Example, those who are gifted to speak God’s message must do it diligently.
- We should share what we have with others generously.
- Those in authority should work hard.
- Show kindness to others cheerfully.
- Be sincere in our love towards each other.
- Hate what is evil and hold on to what is good.
- Love one another warmly as Christian brothers,.
- Always be eager to show respect for one another.
- Work hard and not be lazy.
- Serve the Lord with a heart of devotion.
- Be joyful.
- In your troubles , always be patient.
- Pray at all times.
- Share your belongings with your fellow Christians.
- Open your homes to strangers.
- Ask God to bless your enemies, instead of cursing them.
- Be happy with those who are happy and weep with those who weep.
- Never think you are wise.
- Don’t repay wrong with wrong.
- Do everything possible to be at peace with everyone.
- Obey the state authorities.
- Love your neighbour as you love yourself.
If we are able to do all these things that pleases God, we will then have confidence in Him knowing that whatever we desire in life He will provide for us.
(One important thing I want people to know is that; thanksgiving, praises and worship are meant to move God to perform mighty works, example is when the children of Israel sang praises around Jericho and its walls fell down flat. (Joshua 6:20).
So if you claim to be singing praises to God and no signs and wonders have ever occurred since you began, re-examine yourself because your praises do not please God according to the bible, and so cannot move him to perform mighty works.)