“Wherefore we labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted (well pleasing) of Him.”– II Corinthians 5:9
I grew up in a Christian home. There were four of us kids, an older brother, Bob, older sister, Peggy, and a younger sister, Laura. My father, A. L. “Buck” Gifford, (we called him Daddy …common in the South) was a good, gentle and hard-working Christian man. He was self-employed as a mechanic with a gas station and garage. Our town, Trenton, Georgia, was and still is small. In order to earn enough to support his family, Daddy had to work from 8:00 a.m. ‘til 9:00 p.m. six days a week. Our time with him was limited, but we dearly loved him, and he loved us. Even as children, we knew that his hard work to support his family was evidence of his love.
The discipline of the three of us girls rested with our mother. (Wow! She knew how to discipline.) Daddy took care of the discipline of our brother. Usually when Bob was “out back” being disciplined, Mother, my two sisters and I were inside crying together. Even though I did not fear the wrath of my father, I loved him, and in my heart I wanted to please him.
I only remember one time that we three sisters experienced Dad’s wrath. Our mother was ill following a miscarriage, and Dad had the responsibility to “take care” of us. He took us to Grandma’s to stay a few hours. Grandma had some neighbors who were not a good influence. We wanted to go visit and play with their kids. Dad said no. But while Dad was out taking care of things, we decided to sneak off and have fun. Well, our fun only lasted a short time. A narrow path led from Grandma’s house up to the neighbor’s house. I looked up, and coming up the path carrying a long, skinny hickory tree limb was our Dad. I quickly alerted my sisters and we began to run towards Grandma’s house.
Dad chased us down the path wielding the tree limb and getting in some pretty solid hits. Ouch! That hurt. We had displeased our dad and that hurt the most. We had caused him grief in our disobedience. We had caused him sorrow in his responsibility to discipline us. I learned two lessons. Avoid the wrath of my father, and live in such a way that he would be pleased.
From the depths of my heart, my desire is to please my Heavenly Father. As I grow older, the desire becomes greater, for I have learned that the most important thing in life is to please God. Regardless of the circumstances of my life, when He is pleased with me, my life is filled with peace and contentment. Every sincere Christian has this same desire. Jesus is our example. He said, “…the Father hath not left me alone: for I do always those things that please Him” (John 8:29). Let’s consider some ways that we can please our Father.
1. Have faith in Him. “…without faith it is impossible to please Him” (Hebrews 11:6). Trust Him with your life, your circumstances, your possessions, your past, present and future. Have faith in His Word, the Bible.
2. Keep His commandments. “…we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight” (I John 3:22). Do right. God will be pleased.
3. Share what you have with others. “But to do good and to communicate (share with others) forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased” (Hebrews 13:16). Share your possessions, your salvation story, your time, your money, your talents and your faith.
4. Endure hardness. “…endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ… that he may please Him who hath chosen him to be a soldier” (II Timothy 2:3,4). Never give up. Never turn away from the Father. No matter what hard circumstances occur in your life, keep your focus on the Heavenly Father. He is our hope, our help and our peace.
5. Present your body for His service. “…present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable (well pleasing) unto God…” (Romans 12:1). To please the Father, let Him use your hands, your feet, your mouth, your body for His service.
All this, along with many other Scripture verses, teaches us that in order to please our Father, we must totally serve Him. We must be good managers or stewards of our possessions and our time.
“That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work.” – Colossians 1:10
“For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable (well pleasing) to God…” – Romans 14:18 We live to please Him so we can hear His words, “…Well done, good and faithful servant…” (Matthew 25:21). My heart’s desire is to please my Heavenly Father. How about you? Happy Father’s Day 2015! This is written… because I care, Carlene
– 1 Peter 5:7
This is written because I care… Carlene