Dear Beachside Family and Friends,
Do you want to please God? Is pleasing God even important in your life? Does it matter whether we please God or not? I certainly want to please God in everything I do. I believe pleasing Him is not only important, but essential to enjoying life. I am grateful that He cared so much for us that He sent Jesus, who paid for our redemption with His very life, and who ives in our hearts today. I am compelled to please God, knowing I could never repay Him for what He has done for me.
If we want to please God, how do we go about it? Do I please Him by going to church? It has been said that Satan is the most regular church attender, but He certainly isn't pleasing God. Can I please the Father by working at a local shelter, and serving meals to the homeless? I know of atheists who do this, but are they pleasing God? Certainly going to church and helping the less fortunate are honorable, but are not in themselves what pleases God.
A man named Enoch understood what it meant to please the Lord. "It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—“he disappeared, because God took him. For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God." (Heb 11:5) There was an innate quality about Enoch's life that was pleasing to God: he lived by faith. His walk of faith was so impressive that God caught him up to be with Him! By Enoch's example we know it is possible to please God. Continuing in Heb. 11 vs 6 "And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
Most of us desire to experience the rewards God has in store for us, which are much more than one day going to heaven. His rewards and blessings are available to us in this life, and they are accessed ny faith. Certainly He meets our needs, but even more than meeting our daily needs He grants us the desires of our hearts. Psalm 37:4 tells us "Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires."
If it is impossible to please God without faith, it IS possible to please him WITH faith. In fact, living by faith is the ONLY way to please Him! When we live by faith in God's Word, we not only please Him, but He rewards us as well. Let's all live by faith, please God, and like Enoch, enjoy a life that is truly out of this world!
Thank you to all who have served, who are serving and who gave their lives for our freedom. May God Bless you all!