It is hard to please people. As I was studying this verse, I began to do a word study of the word “please” which is used in a variety of ways. Please, pleased, pleaseth, pleasing, etc. I was amazed at how many times and in how many ways the word is used.
For example, in another place, God’s word exhorts us to: 1 Thessalonians 4:1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.
Please your neighbor
- Romans 15:1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
(remember the story of the Good Samaritan – who is my neighbor?)
This basically is teaching a self-less, sacrificial life of loving others more than self.
Pleasing your employer
- Titus 2:9 Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again;
But notice how our motive should be:
- Ephesians 6:5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:
Pleasing your husband
- 1 Corinthians 7:34 …The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.
Pleasing your wife
- I Cor. 7:32 But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.
A nice, attractive woman hears about a store in NY that caters to single women who want a reliable way to find a potential life partner. It’s called “The Husband Store”, and it comes with excellent references. So, she decides to give it a whirl. Upon entering, she is in a hallway with stairs leading up to 5 different floors of available men, all with various characteristics that appeal to single females.
Hmm, she thinks, as she reads the 1st sign: Once you enter a floor, you cannot go back or to any other floor. Thank you for your cooperation.
With that she proceeds to the 1st floor, where she sees another sign: On this floor are nice guys with good jobs. She decides to try the next one.
On the next floor, the sign reads: On this floor are good-looking guys with good jobs and nice cars.
“Not bad” she thinks, but decides to try the next floor anyway.
On the next floor, she sees: On this floor are good looking guys with great jobs, nice cars and they all love kids.
She’s impressed, but goes up to the next floor anyway.
On this floor, the sign says: on this floor are great-looking guys with fabulous jobs, love kids, have expensive cars and are very passionate and romantic.
“Wow” she exclaims. She hesitates for a bit, but then takes the plunge to go up to the final floor.
Upon reaching the top, there is a door, which she opens. Inside, the is a sign which reads:
Hello, you are visitor number 1,269,135 so far, and are further proof that women are IMPOSSIBLE to please. Have a Nice Day.
Seriously; How do we reconcile God’s exhortation to please people, and God’s expectation for us to please Him?
Paul asked it this way:
- Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
- 1 Thessalonians 2:4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
Sometimes we may have to choose; will we please man or will we please God? There will sometimes be a choice.
I believe the Scripture is clear: PLEASING GOD IS POSSIBLE.
Children obeying their parents pleases God.
- Colossians 3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
Keeping His Commandments pleases God
- 1 John 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
Not getting entangled with the affairs of this life.
- II Tim. 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
What is the answer:
The secret: If you and I will walk like Jesus walked, we will no doubt walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing.
God was well pleased with Jesus. (this fact is in 3 of the 4 Gospels, and also mentioned in 2 Peter 1:17)
- Matthew 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
I John 2
- 1 ¶ My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
- 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
- 3 ¶ And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
- 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
- 5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
- 6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
Conclusion: Walking Worthy simply means walking like Jesus walked. If we do that, we will please God.