How To Pursue A Life That Pleases God

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Living a life that pleases God starts with the gospel – with fixing our eyes on what Jesus has done for us rather than what we do for him. It’s about moving from a sense of duty and obligation to a heart overflowing with gratitude for the grace we’ve received. And it inspires us to continually seek more of God’s presence, wisdom and strength.

This passage shows us how to pursue a life that brings God pleasure. At the core is fixing our eyes on the good news of Jesus – on what has been done for us rather than what we must do. When the knowledge of His grace saturates our hearts, it unleashes a life of thankfulness and a desire for more of Him. And that, paradoxically, is the secret to living in a way that pleases our heavenly Father.

  1. We must root ourselves in the gospel. The gospel is the good news that Jesus lived a perfect life, died as a substitute for sinners, and rose from the dead, conquering sin and death. The gospel qualifies us, delivers us from darkness, transfers us into God’s kingdom, and redeems and forgives us.
  2. We must give thanks to God for his grace in our lives so far. This pleases God when we acknowledge how he has been working in us.
  3. We must ask God for even more of his presence, knowledge, wisdom, and strength. We can never out-ask God. He wants to give us more of himself.
  4. Living a life that pleases God is rooted in the gospel, thankful for God’s grace, and asking God for more. As we turn from ourselves and focus on what Christ has done, it enables us to live in a way that brings God pleasure.

The good news of the gospel transforms our lives, motivating us with grace, gratitude and a thirst for more of God. May this life-changing message sink deep into our hearts, freeing us from the pursuit of worthiness and sparking a desire to simply delight the heart of our heavenly Father. May we fix our eyes on Jesus, the source of every spiritual blessing, and walk in the fullness he longs to give. Let us receive the grace he offers and live transformed lives – ones that truly please the God who did so much to please us.


Colossians 1:1-14

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