Merry Christmas! May this be your best Christmas ever. It will be my 45th one in prison but I’m praising God with the host of heaven, shouting, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” 1
What Pleases God?
Many of us have lived our lives being a man pleaser. I know I was one. This is the way I received my acceptance and identity, but it was never enough to satisfy my deepest need.
So naturally, when I asked Christ into my heart, I tried hard to please God with good works. But I found out that I could never do enough to please God religiously, no matter how much I prayed, read His word or went to church.
Finally, the LORD showed me that only Jesus, His Son, could please God for us through His sacrifice on the cross for our sin. “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.”2
Faith Pleases God…
We make it so complicated, but it really is simple to please God. We try hard, but the LORD wants us to simply trust in His finished works at the cross.
Jesus made it possible for us to please God. According to Scripture, we can only please God by faith in Christ.