BRP Insight Post for Wednesday, July 31, 2019
2 Corinthians 5:9 in the New Living Translation says, “So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him.” This is a verse I memorized several years ago to help me remember both my privilege as a follower of Jesus, as well as my responsibility. In this chapter, Paul writes about the temporary nature of our physical existence on earth, how it will end, and how we will have new bodies as we live in Heaven’s perfection. Until that day comes, we are to live so that God is pleased with our attitudes, beliefs, values and behaviors. We don’t do these things to earn access to heaven, we do these things because God has forgiven us, and accepted us as His loved children and we want to please Him – heaven is part of the package.
Living to please God isn’t something we “have to do” to gain access to Him, it is what we “get to do” as a response to what He has done for us. Some people have the mindset that we have to do all kinds of “good deeds” to get into heaven, but that just isn’t the case. Jesus’ death and resurrection provide the way to Heaven, and we access that by humbly surrendering our life to Him as the Savior and Leader of our life. In Heaven we will be able to love, worship and please God without any worldly interference. Someone who doesn’t love and appreciate God, would be miserable in heaven!
Living to please God is the natural and healthy response of a grateful heart and mind. It isn’t that we have to obey and please Him, we get to! We get to live each day knowing that our Father has created us to live with meaning and purpose, and that our lives really matter. Further in chapter 5, Paul focuses on one obligation we have to God that we can’t afford to neglect, “Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to persuade others.” (5:11) In this instance, fearful means that we recognize the high stakes and the awesome and immense assignment we have been entrusted with in trying to help everyone discover the love of God like we have.
It would be good to re-read this chapter and reflect on what God has given us. When we truly understand that we will realize that we are blessed beyond words that we get to live to please Him!