Instead of worrying about “making it” in this life let’s work to please God because we’re so grateful for all that he has done in our lives. He gave it all for us, so the least we can do is live our life to please Him. So what pleases God?
#1 God is pleased when wicked people turn from their sinful ways and live. So, preach the gospel and do things that turn people from sin.
Ezekiel 18:23 says, ” Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign Lord. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?”
Luke 15: 7-10 says, ” I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”
#2 God is pleased when we recognize Him and put our hope in his unfailing love. So, stop worrying and live with joyful confidence.
Psalms 147:11, ” the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love”
#3 God is pleased when we share our wealth and do good for others. So, live with open hands, and be generous.
Hebrews 13: 15-16 says, ” Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased”
#4 God is pleased when we’re humble before him. So, don’t force your own way, but relax in His presence and obey His instructions.
Psalm 51:16-17 says, ” You do not delight in sacrifice( In the traditional sense of bulls and lambs..), or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise”