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So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 2 Corinthians 5:9

Please read 2 Corinthians 5:1-10. Paul knows that to live is Christ and to die is gain. He has been captured by the love of Christ. It has changed him from who he was. As I read Paul’s accounts, I see a man who was always trying to please God. I believe it was part of what motivated him to persecute the Church. He was passionate for the Lord and seeking righteousness that was all too illusive. It was self-righteousness and he knew what it was to try to please God out of a misplaced search for an unattainable rightness before him (Romans 10:2-3; Philippians 3:8-9). Now, however, Paul has come to know God in Christ. He knows the love of God. He knows the will of God, and so he longs to live his life in response to that love, to make Christ known in the way he lives his life. He is not waiting until he is free from the flesh, the devil, and this world to start living in a way that pleases God. He is living it out now! He is seeking to make sure that in his life God’s will is done one earth as it is in heaven. He is living with his heart set on things above (Colossians 3:1). His aim, his goal, is to live in a way that pleases God. He seeks to know God more so that he can know what pleases him and he calls for others to do the same (Ephesians 5:10 NIV). So, how much pleasure is the Lord deriving from your life? Do you realize that as you derive pleasure from the Lord in your life, you live in a way that brings him pleasure? However, when you live in a way that seeks to find pleasure in the things of the world and the flesh apart from him, you will miss out on pleasing him. So what? As you step into this day, how can you find your pleasure in the presence of God and how can you live out of that delight in a way that pleases him?