011: Why Knowing The Difference Between “Pleasing” And “Alignment” Matters To You

Devotional on Romans 4:9-12

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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4 thoughts on “011: Why Knowing The Difference Between “Pleasing” And “Alignment” Matters To You

  1. “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.”

    Our analogous relationship with God, is that of bride and bridegroom.

    When I review 50 wonderful years of marriage, while the first year or two together were indeed, **VERY** interesting, we had hardly started to develop a relationship with one another. ‘Relationship’ is something that develops and grows from sharing life together on a day-to-day basis over the years, until we finally became ONE as God intended. The love we shared in the initial years, cannot come even close to the love we shared together 50 years later.

    And similarly, as our adventure together began from the time we committed our lives to Christ, it is a relationship that grows over the years. And when y0u get to be an old guy like me, in reviewing our many years together, I can clearly see God’s wondrous hand in each and **EVERY** aspect of my life. He always has been with me all the way!

    While FAITH is a good and essential start, as your relationship with God grows over the years, your faith will be transformed into KNOWLEDGE!

  2. After reading this, the difference between pleasing God and being aligned with God means to me that I don’t just choose to do the right thing to please God, despite my own sinful desires; but rather that my heart’s desires become one in the same as Christ’s. Yes there will still be temptation; but everything that is sinful in this world starts to become repulsive the more I become aligned with God. For example, in my early twenties I used to enjoy going to nightclubs to dance and hear the music thumping. I thought maybe I just got too old for them (which is probably partly true); but I also realized that as I drew closer to God in my thirties, that He opened my eyes to the sinfulness I was dancing in the middle of. The last time I went to a nightclub my skin crawled and I have never desired to go back into one. I now long for nights spent around children laughing, friends having meaningful conversations, families bonding, among other ways of worshipping God.