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The pleasure of pleasing God

Luke 12, 32

Luke did not have the pleasure of walking and talking with Jesus like Matthew, Peter, or James. He was a physician, who heard the Gospel and decided to obey God by documenting the oral traditions he heard about the Son of God. He was a gentile and he wrote the Gospel story in a genre so that everyone who is not a Jew could understand.

Why did Jesus say, “Fear not, little flock?”

Thousands came to hear, to be fed, or to be healed. Only a few would enter into the Kingdom. He described them as a ‘little flock.’

Does God find pleasure in us and our children?

Those who belong to His Kingdom trust Him.
God is pleased by our faith. Hebrews 11, 6: ‘But without faith it is impossible to please Him.’ Rom. 8, 8: ‘…those who are in the flesh cannot please God.’ Those who desire to please God, hope for Christ and the beauty of His holiness. Those who desire to please God, seek first the Kingdom of God and all its righteousness. Those who desire to please God are willing to trust him.

Those who belong to His Kingdom praise Him.
David declared in Psalm 69,30-31 ‘I will praise the name of God with a song, I will magnify him with thanksgiving...This also shall please the Lord more than an ox or a bull, which has horns and hooves.’ In other words, those who are pleasing to God are those who are willing to praise Him. They come into the Father’s house with a song. They are willing to sing God’s praises. Our willingness to praising Him with a song and make God larger than life itself, is far more pleasing to Him than a formal ritual and routine.

Jesus sung a hymn to God just before He went to the cross. The Scriptures say ‘And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.’ (Matt. 26, 30). The Bible cites more than 25 instances where the people of God to sing a song to the Lord. For those who desire to please the Lord, God finds pleasure in their praise.

Those who belong to His Kingdom preach Him.
If we desire to please God, we have to preach Christ. We can’t preach the Gospel and just tell people what they want hear (1 Cor. 1, 21; Gal.1, 10).

Our desire should be to say like Christ, ‘…for I always do those things that please Him.’ (John 8, 29, Romans 15, 3). What a gift to know that we are so precious to Him, that it pleasures Him to make us citizens of the Kingdom of God.

The Kingdom of God is not seen in words but in power (1 Cor. 4, 20).
1. Power of His provision: God gives us daily bread (Matt. 6,11), living water (John 4, 14), comfort and rest (Matt. 11, 28).
2. Power of His protection: God gives His angels charge over us (Psalm 91, 11-13).
3. Power of His promises: God gives us His Word (Psalm 107, 20).

James N. Spurgeon wrote:

'A job is at your choice; a ministry is at Christ's call. In a job you expect to receive; in a ministry you expect to give. In a job you give something to get something; in a ministry you return something that has already been given to you. A job depends on your abilities; a ministry depends on your availability to God. A job done well brings you praise; a ministry done well brings honour to Christ.'

This ministry is to bring honour to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

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