Aim to Please

Read:

“Therefore, whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to be pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the tribunal of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or worthless.” 2 Corinthians 5:9-10 

Reflect:

Believers will stand before the tribunal of Christ to be judged and awarded. We will have to give an account of ourselves before the Lord. Of course at that time it won’t be us earning or losing our salvation, because true believers will have already been saved by grace through faith. We are saved to do good works, not saved by good works. Eph. 2:8-10. So we will be judged and rewarded for the work we have done for His glory, on this earth, as believers of Christ. We don’t stand before Him to earn merits, but to be awarded for our labor for the Lord and the ministry of being ambassadors for Christ. (2 Cor. 5:20). Everything will be exposed that day, sisters. The secrets of our lives will lay bare. Ecclesiastes 12:14. Our actions, our words, our thoughts, our motives, and the deep recesses of our hearts will be brought to light. Every hidden thing will be judged, whether good or bad.  

Sisters, we often forget our time in this flesh is very short compared the time we will spend in eternity. So while we are here, we must make it our aim to obey His commands and to be pleasing to the Lord. If we will love Him, honor Him, praise Him, glorify Him, obey Him, and reverence Him in Heaven, then that is to be our focus on this earth as well. Therefore, my dear {sisters}, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, knowing that our labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Cor. 15:58.  Let’s devote ourselves to pleasing the Lord. Let’s seek Him first in our daily lives. Let’s desire our Master to say “well done, good and faithful servant”. Matthew 25:21. Above all, let’s repent and ask the Lord for His mercy and grace should we not be making this our greatest aim.  

Pray:

Lord, I repent of making this life about me. It’s not about me. My greatest aim should not be marriage, or job security, or to live a worry-free life. I want to obey your commands; I want to make it my aim to please You. Give me strength, grace, and mercy to accomplish good works to labor in for Your glory. Equip me with everything good for doing Your will, and work in me what is pleasing to you. Hebrews 13.21 

Your Turn:

What you do for the Lord, sisters, is not in vain. God knows our hearts, He knows the motives of our hearts, and so if our labor is truly for His glory, His Word says it will not be in vain. Our response to the Father should be the same, whether in Heaven or on this earth (home or away as the key verse says). Sisters, let’s grab a hold of each other, and labor for the Lord in this life, let pleasing Him be our greatest aim!