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Serving Without Stress

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 View Comments Comments (0)
 So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please Him.  2 Corinthians 5:9
 
We always get excited this time of year as we crank up for vacation Bible school. I use the wordexcited tongue and cheek because on the one hand we are praying for and looking forward to the gospel conversations that will come out of our time together. However, I also know that the excitement that some experience is more akin to a stress test for your heart.
 
Notice the Apostle Paul says in our text “at home or away.” The idea is that we have this awesome hope in Christ of being with Him one day as we lay down the temporal for the eternal. Whether we are found at His coming present in the body, or away from it the goal is the same, a life lived for His pleasure.
 
Matter of fact, Paul describes this goal using the phrase, “we make it our aim.” To make something our “aim” suggests that we are ambitious about it. Of course there are many things we can be ambitious about, some are selfish and worldly, others are holy and honoring to the Lord. In “making” our aim in life to please the Lord we have to push past the simple and the sensual to the supernatural. In other words it’s not always easy or exciting, but it does require a power that comes from the Lord live a life that pleases Him.
 
Notice the phrase “to please Him.” The word translated there is actually “well pleasing.” This phrase is used several times in the New Testament and each time it sheds more light on what it means to live a life that is well pleasing to the Lord. Romans 12:1 tells us that it is “well pleasing”when we present our bodies to Him as a living sacrifice. Romans 14:18 says that it is “well pleasing” when we live in such a way that we don’t cause others to stumble. Ephesians 5:10 says that is “well pleasing” when we separate ourselves from evil behavior. Philippians 4:18 says that it is “well pleasing” when we bring our offerings to the Lord. Hebrews 13:20-21 says that it is“well pleasing” when we allow God to equip us and do His will through us.
 
The great stress reliever is in choosing whom you want to please. The world would have us believe that our God will never be pleased, however the Scriptures we just looked at tell us that is simply not true. I submit to you that living your life to please man is one of the most miserable and futile ways to use your days on this earth. The Apostle Paul writing to the Galatians said that stress free serving is to minister with the aim of pleasing Jesus Christ alone. (Galatians 1:10) Next time you feel stressed out in your service ask yourself who you are trying to please.
 
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