Dwell on that subject before the average Sunday-morning congregation, and you are in for trouble! But one cannot travel two roads at once-the way of the cross and the way of the world. We are not going to see much revival until we decide which road we are going to travel.
I do always those things that please him.
We live to please someone, ourselves, other people or God. Jesus “pleased not himself” (Rom. 15:3). We are not to live to please men. “Do I seek to please men?” (Gal. 1:10). “Not as pleasing men but God” (I Thess. 2:4). We are to please our neighbor for his good to edification (Rom. 15:2). Paul said he pleased all men, seeking, not his profit, but theirs, that they might be saved (I Cor. 10:33).
We are to please God, as our Lord said in our text. God was pleased in His Son (Mt. 3:17). He was not pleased with the Israelites in the wilderness (I Cor. 10:5). We had better take warning from them, for “these things happened unto us for ensamples.” Enoch pleased God (Heb. 11:5). We cannot please God in the flesh (Rom. 8:8). It is impossible without faith (Heb. 11:6). But as we submit to God He works in us to will and to do of His good pleasure (Phil. 2:13). Then we are to live so as to please Him who hath chosen us to be soldiers (II Tim. 2:3,4). And if we please Him we get answers to our prayers (I Jno. 3:22).
Whom are you living to please?