When it comes to pleasing God, the big question is, “Can
we do it?” Do we have what it takes to make Him smile? Can we who live
in an imperfect world, bring a perfect God delight? Can we actually
please Someone who is flawless?
The apostle Peter writes, “We have everything we need to
live a life that pleases God. It was all given to us by God’s own
power” (2 Peter 1:3, CEV).
There’s our answer—we have everything it takes to live a
life that pleases our heavenly Father. Settle this in your heart and
don’t ever let this knowledge slip away. His Word is true and
unchangeable. Never accept the lie that you don’t have what it takes to
please God. The fact is you do!
Many believers look at certain Christians, especially
great leaders, and think they could never measure up or be as
delightful in the eyes of God as the apostle John, the apostle Paul,
Billy Graham, Oral Roberts, Mother Teresa, or anyone else they admire.
The truth is that no one has any more ability to please God than you!
You have the ability to please God, but it is up to you to utilize the
power and live it out.
God expects us to be faithful with what He’s given us.
Scripture specifically states that we are entrusted with gifts “to each
in proportion to his own personal ability” (Matthew 25:15, AMP).
We must always pay attention to what has been given us by
God. A person’s ability to write, teach, preach, sing, compose music,
design, manage, organize, lead, interact well with people and so forth
is a gift given by God. If I keep that in mind, it guards me from the
deadly traps of pride or envy—pride in thinking I’m better than others,
envy in coveting what another person has.
You were perfectly created by God to function in the
Kingdom with your gifts and abilities to fulfill your specific
assignment. You determine how to steward what you have been given—with
it, you can bring great pleasure to your heavenly Father.
Marked by boldness and passion, John Bevere delivers
uncompromising truth through his award-winning curriculum and
best-selling books now available in over sixty languages. His newest
book is Extraordinary: The Life You’re Meant to Live. More information is available at www.ExtraordinaryOnline.org.