6 God Pleasing Aims for Christians

If we asked the Apostle Paul about New Year’s Resolutions, what do you think he’d say? How could we avoid wasting 2013 (and our next 10 Billion years)? Here is a resolution––a biblical charge––worth keeping.

 So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. (2 Corinthians 5:9 ESV)

Christians live for the happiness of God. We want to honor him, glorify him, love him. Those who have been redeemed by the Son love to live for the Son.

You have to make it your aim. No one drifts into honoring Jesus. It’s a conscious decision. Make it.

Jesus takes over our whole life. We can’t marginalize Jesus. He isn’t a donut-shop god. You can’t put him in a corner, give him a week old kolache and expect him to be cool with that. He is the Lion of Judah––He won’t be caged. 

Make it your aim to please the Lord––not for your salvation, but because you are saved.

Here are 6 God pleasing aims for Christians in 2013. Or, another way of saying it––here’s how you could work out your salvation in 2013 because God is working in you. 

6 God Pleasing Aims for Christians

1) Growth in Good Works (Colossians 1:10)

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. (Colossians 1:9–10 ESV)

God has prepared good works for you (Ephesians 2:10). God has given you spiritual gifts to use them in the life of the church, to tell others about Jesus in your work place, to lead others to Christ.

Serving pleases God. God is thrilled when his children act like his children. That’s what all of this is––being children of God.

What do you need to do this year? Where do you need to serve? What is God putting on your heart?

2) Growth in the Knowledge of God (Colossians 1:10)

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. (Colossians 1:9–10 ESV)

God is pleased by our learning of him. We learn about God to worship God, to love God, and to tell others about the God we know.

Study God because your love God. The more you know about God the more you can worship about God. Every bit we know about God, is praise worthy. Every attribute of God is fuel for the fire of worship. His Omniscience, Sovereignty, Kindness, Love, Goodness, Omnipotence, Omnipresence, holiness––worship him for them all.

Read the Bible. Grab one of these great reading plans.

Read Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer, The Pleasures of God or God is the Gospel or 50 Reasons Jesus Came to Die by John Piper, or The Cross of Christ by John Stott.

Give your life to the study and enjoyment of God, his glory, and his mighty acts.

Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them. (Psalms 111:2 ESV)

3) Growth in Holiness (Romans 12:1-2)

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1–2 ESV)

Christians aren’t sinless people, but we are people that strive to sin less––because our God is so great and we want to honor him. We’ve been liberated from sin; let’s live like it.

We pursue holiness because of God’s mercy toward us, not to earn any mercy. God has given everything we need to do all that God asks––the Holy Spirit. Giving our bodies as a living sacrifice is to give our whole selves over to God for his glory. Bodies = no holding back.

What sins need to go? Where do you need to obey God? Not just what needs to be avoided but what needs to be acted on? Share the gospel? More encouraging? Serve? Give? Anger? Parenting? Gluttony? Get connected to the church? PRAY: God, where do I need to grow?

4) Generous Support to Spread the Gospel (Philippians 4:18)

I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. (Philippians 4:18 ESV)

Paul received the funds to make ministry happen (and more than enough) and it was pleasing to God. Support ministries that spread the gospel.

God’s people, funding God’s ministry, done for God’s glory is fully pleasing to God.

Give generously to your church. View your money as God’s money.

Have you been blessed by Acts29? Support them. Desiring God? Support them. Doesn’t have to be regularly, but one time gifts are greatly used by God.

Be a part of spreading the gospel with your money, it pleases God.

5) Teenagers, Obey Your Parents (Colossians 3:20)

Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. (Colossians 3:20 ESV)

Teenager, you want to honor Jesus? Honor your parents. In everything. If they say, “No dating till 18″ –– no dating.

You honor them in everything, you respect them in everything, not just because they are your parents––that wouldn’t be Christian. Dr. Phil would say that. You honor them because Jesus says to, and it pleases him, and you want to honor Jesus above all.

6) Pray for the Government (1 Timothy 2:1-3)

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior. (1 Timothy 2:1–3 ESV)

Our nation is in an interesting place. Who knows what in the world is going to happen––I don’t think they do. And praise God that our hope is in Heaven and not North American soil.

We should all aim to pray for our President more. We are blessed to have a voting booth, many countries do not. But the prayer closet is more powerful than the voting booth.

If your heart rages against President Obama, repent. Love him. Pray for him. If you consider him your enemy, you aren’t walking in a way that is pleasing to the Lord. You can disagree with me and still think he is your enemy—fine. What does Jesus say, “Love your enemy. Pray for them.”

And all of these things, aim to do them more and more.

Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. (1 Thessalonians 4:1 ESV)

Aim to please the Lord. In all things.

Make 2013 all about Jesus. Top to bottom. Make your next 10 billion years about making much of Jesus.

That’s the only you won’t waste them.

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