You can absolutely please God. Everyone can regardless of their faith or lack of faith in Jesus. Feeding the hungry pleases God. Caring for orphans and widows pleases God. Loving our neighbours like we love ourselves pleases God. Helping refugees pleases God.
But, there’s a bigger issue here.
Romans 4:9-12 reveals Why Knowing The Difference Between “Pleasing” And “Alignment” Matters To You.
Here are three reasons why it matters…
1. Righteousness is essential
Romans 4:9, “Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness” NIV
Being declared righteous is not the same thing as pleasing God. What’s truly at stake is a judgement from God that will grant us eternity with Him. That’s not something that we can achieve. It’s absolutely not about pleasing God. It’s about doing one right thing – the one thing that God will observe and say, “that’s right!”
2. Righteousness is a gift
Romans 4:11, “in order that righteousness might be credited to them” NIV
We need to believe in Jesus. All the good that we can do will certainly please God on some level – God loves all of His children, both lost and found. But, the issue is belief. Righteousness isn’t a matter of what I do, it’s a gift given based on belief in Jesus.
3. Righteousness brings us into alignment with God
Romans 4:11, “So then, he is the father of all who believe” NIV
I absolutely need to make sure I cross to a deeper level than merely pleasing God. I need to be in alignment with God. Alignment with God only comes by faith in Jesus. God needs to own my heart. My belief in Jesus is what God is looking for. Belief is the only thing that crosses me over from simply pleasing God to actually being in alignment with God and connected to Him for all eternity.
So, do some God-pleasing good stuff by helping widows, orphans and refugees, and please never tire of it. But please don’t mistake it for alignment. While you’re investing in others, invest in your own eternity by believing in Jesus.
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