So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 2 Corinthians 5:9
Paul had been talking about the physical body as being temporary. There will come a time when it will be destroyed, but God will give a new better body that will last for eternity. In this way a person it to live by faith in what God said He would do. In the process of living by faith, a person must make it the goal of his life to please God, regardless of where they are.
Pleasing another person is not something uncommon. Some people in the workplace work to please the boss, doing whatever it takes to please him. Children who adore their dad will often do what it takes to please him. A boy who loves a girl will do what it takes to please her in order to win her heart over to him.
Often the reason for pleasing another person is a selfish reason. It is to gain something for self, rather than to help the other person out. In the workplace this is seen when a person is striving to get a promotion, rather than just doing his job.
Believers should have the goal to please God. No one has to work to please God to get something, God has already given it or promised it. God has already given the believer everything needed, before the work to please God was ever started. God has promised a new body and an eternal life with Him to every believer. For these reasons alone there is more than enough reason to want to please God.
The ways to please God is to live for Jesus and obey all of His commands. All of those commands are summed up in loving God and loving others. When a person is doing those two things, God is pleased.
Take a look at your life and ask yourself what is your goal. Who are you trying to please?
Pleasing another person may be acceptable, but it is only temporary. Pleasing God is something that is eternal and reaps eternal benefits.
There will always be a new opportunity to please God with what you do and say in this life. Seek to please Him as you live by faith knowing that God has a reward of eternal life for you in the end.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what pleases God; that you will live by faith in God; and that you will strive to please God in all that you say and do.