May 8, 2020

Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 19

Who do you live to please?

Who do you live your life for?  Whose applause means the most to you?  When you’re planning your schedule or deciding on your budget, who do you consider the most?  Who do you live to please?

When you narrow it down, I think there are three possibilities.  I’ll list them in the order that most of us have them.

Ourselves

Our unregenerate lost nature causes us to desire to please ourselves above all. We want what we want, and we want it now.  Humanism has taught us that life is to be lived to the fullest – we should have what we want and do what makes us happy.  That should be our greatest priority… But what does God have to say about that?

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.  Philippians 2:3-4

Others

Second is our desire to please others – whether that is those significant to us like our spouse, our kids, or our friends, or just living to impress those around us.  We often allow others to sit on the throne that should only be reserved for God.

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.  Galatians 1:10

God

This should be our number one aim – living to please Him.  Living our lives for His renown – for His glory and His honor.  Now… back to 2 Chronicles 19…

King Jehoshaphat learned his lesson in the first part of this chapter.  When encouraging the people to return to the Lord in verse 4, he appointed judges throughout the nation.  He said to them… verse 6

Always think carefully before pronouncing judgment.  Remember that you do not judge to please people but to please the LORD.

Live to please God… not just others – not yourselves.

Great advice for us too!

Who do you live to please?

By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor


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Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

One thought on “May 8, 2020”

  1. Good word Tim!

    7 Fear the Lord and judge with integrity, for the Lord our God does not tolerate perverted justice, partiality, or the taking of bribes.

    This verse really caught my attention this morning. When we hear stories of corruption with our government officials scripture reminds us that problems like this are as old as time. As long as sinful men walk the Earth we will have bribes, partiality, & perverted justice. Whether we have Godly men or corrupt men leading our nation, our job as followers of Christ is to love God, love people, and seek justice for our heavenly King.

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