When is God pleased and satisfied with us? Many Christians struggle with this question.
I had a quiz on my website for a while back, and one of the questions I had was: When do we please God? I was amazed how many people wrote: It is when I pray, don’t do any sins, sing worship songs, do evangelism, lead someone to Jesus and so on.
The focus was on what we need to do, but what is it that really satisfies God?
I have good news for you today, your worth is not connected to what we do, but who we are (read also more text under!).
If you love a person, what is it that please you about that person. How perfect they are? I do not think so, because often we see that others also have faults and shortcomings.
If you are in love then you may not see many mistakes and shortcomings right there and then, but true love does!
What satisfies you is that the person you love will be with you and want to have fellowship with you.
If you have a family, what is it about you wife or husband and children that makes you happy? Yes, that they want to have fellowship with you.
Remember that God is love, and he is in the same way. What satisfies him is your presence, that you want to be close to him and have fellowship with him.
Before you can have fellowship with someone, you must believe that the person exists, otherwise you will never be able to have fellowship with them.
If one day I wake up and ignore the existence of my wife, would it be pleasing to her? Or if I went to visit Norway, we live in Thailand, and I thought: Now I do not see my wife, so now I do not think she and my children exists. This would hardly be satisfying for my wife and children.
It is the same with God, you must believe that he exists and that he will reward those who want to have an active and earnestly fellowship with him. That satisfies God.
The letter of Hebrews says the following:
6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
One more thing about what faith is:
Some are condemned when they hear the word faith. The reason is that they feel that they do not have enough faith, and then God is not happy with them. We can easily look at faith as something we must perform, achieve or have a “strong feeling” of faith. Remember: Faith is not an emotion or feeling, but a choice, a choice to trust that God exists.
You can also choose to believe what the Bible says, without feeling that it is true.
The fact that you have chosen to believe that God exists, and that you want to have fellowship with him, is enough for him to be satisfied with you.
He is also satisfied with you because you are his son or daughter!
If you believe that by simply behaving well and doing spiritual things (deeds) such as praying, reading the Bible, witnessing, and so on, you are satisfying God, you are wrong (See Ephesians 2:8-9)! Then you live under the law not under grace.
The only thing that satisfies God is that you are his son or daughter and that you want fellowship with him!
God loved you when you were a sinner
Many people think that God loved me when I was a sinner, but now that I should have known better, when it comes to sin I have committed, he loves me less, or less pleased with me.
Where is the logic in this? God loves all people equally, even the non-Christians, but it would still be more logical to think like this: If God loved me while I was still a sinner (Romans 5: 8), how much more should not God love me now, when I am a Christian?
These thoughts that you have that God does not love you and that you do not satisfy him do not come from God, nor from yourself. They have an evil origin, and come from the evil one!
Now God is not satisfied with everything we do, but God still loves you! You have to distinguish between who you are and what you do. God is pleased and satisfied with you because you are his son or daughter, but of course; God is not pleased with everything we do!
God is pleased with you!
17 And, behold, there came a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
God said this about Jesus. Where do Jesus and his Spirit live now? Yes in us, we are one with him. So the same thing God said about Jesus also applies to us!
You are his beloved son or daughter in whom God is well pleased!
I have three daughters and I am well pleased with them, or I love them unconditionally. It’s not related to what they do, because their behavior is not perfect, but they are still my children, and I love them. How much more should not our perfect father, God, be please with us as his children?
- God is pleased with us not for what we do, but for who we are!
12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God
16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.
Grace is not by works, otherwise there it would not have been grace, and we have all received it and we have the right to call ourselves children of God, and that’s who you are!
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