“What Does Jesus Really Like”
The Apostle Paul gives us a short command in his letter to the Ephesians (5:10), "...and find out what pleases the Lord."
Sounds simple. But what does it mean?
Is the Lord pleased when I pack my days full of meetings and appointments and tasks to be completed or would He rather I emptied out my schedule and sat quietly on the beach contemplating His goodness?
Would the Lord rather have me be responsible with my finances now and save for the future, or would He rather I give my money to the poor and trust Him to provide for me?
Time and money are just two examples of things we think about quite a lot. Maybe we allow ourselves to become pre-occupied with them, possibly to the point of distraction.
When the Lord Jesus was visiting His friends, Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42), He scolded Martha because she was "distracted with much service" and He reminded her that just a few things were necessary, really only one.
But what is it? What pleases the Lord? Surely Jesus didn't mean that Martha's service and responsibility were unappreciated. But could it be that He would rather she be joining the conversation He was sharing with Mary? Could it be that the Lord Jesus was missing the fellowship He wanted to share with Martha as well as Mary?
The Apostle John was a man who knew and deeply loved the Lord Jesus. Listen to the opening lines of his first epistle:
What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we beheld and our hands handled, concerning the Word of Life...we proclaim to you also, that you also may have fellowship [ie. participation] with us and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write, so that our joy may be made complete.
What pleases the Lord? When we fellowship with Him in our hearts. When we "participate" with Him (i.e. receive and share) in His Life. When we have an ongoing conversation with Him about the concerns of our day and we listen for His instruction in the simplest task. We might find our days to be busy or quiet, we might receive instruction to save or to sell, but as we converse with Christ throughout the day, we will be pleasing Him.
Written by Christine Wichert
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