How would you answer someone who asked you, “What does it take to please God?”
Some people think that the way you please God is through ritual, that you chant or recite certain prayers over and over, maybe you light some incense or some candles and you do some prescribed ritualistic things, and you thing that is pleasing to God. But that’s not what the Bible says.
Some people think the way you please God is through obeying rules and regulations; that you make a list of all the things you’re supposed to do and all the things you’re not supposed to do. And if you do all the do’s and don’t do the don’ts, that’s the way to please God. But that’s not what the Bible says.
Some people think that the way you please God is through religion, that if you observe certain holy days or have a bunch of religious experiences. If you’re religious enough, then you can please God. But that’s not what the Bible says.
The Bible says that God is not interested in ritual or rules or regulations or religion. He’s interested in a relationship with you. He wants you to learn to trust Him. What the Bible teaches us is that it is impossible to please God unless you have one thing.
In Hebrews 11 it says, “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.” Hebrews 11:6 (NLT)
We are starting a new series called “Building Blocks for Life.” The key verse for this series is going to be Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 7:24, “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.” Matthew 7:24 (NLT) If we want to have a solid life, we need to build our lives on the solid foundation of God’s Word.
In this series we will explore how Faith, Service, Purpose, Commitment, Sacrifice, and Gratitude all fit together like building blocks to build a solid life that will stand when the storms of life hit. Plan to join with us for as much of this series as possible. And remember, if you miss any of the messages, they will be available on our website www.fourthstreet.org
Peace and Blessing,