In recent years we’ve heard a lot about the unconditional love of God. It’s a very helpful and necessary discussion.
However, many people have subconsciously concluded that since God loves them, He’s also pleased with them. That isn’t necessarily the case. Paul says, “We make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him” (2 Corinthians 5:9 NKJV). This is a goal we pursue!
As human beings, we have an inborn desire to please our parents. This is a reflection of our truest desire, which is to please our heavenly Father. Our primary motive for pleasing God is our love for Him. We adore Him because He first loved us and filled our hearts with His love.
There’s a second reason we seek to please God. If we pursue this supreme goal, we’ll be rewarded greatly. That might sound questionable to you, even selfish. Earning a great reward, however, is the exact reason Paul exhorts us to please God:
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. 2 Corinthians 5:10 NIV
On this day of evaluation, our sins are not what will be judged. The blood of Jesus eradicated the punishment for our sin. Rather, Scripture shows that there are those who will be rewarded greatly because they built their lives on Jesus Christ and did what pleased God. They will be compensated even to the point of reigning beside Jesus Christ forever and ever! We can be among them. So let’s heed the apostle John’s words:
Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward. 2 John 1:8 NKJV
Is your life pleasing to Him? Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any opportunities for growth or course correction. God has an extraordinary plan for your life, and He will lead you to walk in it so you can receive a full reward!