I sat down to ponder: what kind of a heart and mind does God desire? As I try to summarize in simple terms as to what it takes to please God, let me say that I stand the risk of missing out a lot things. My words will fall short. But I sincerely pray and hope that my humble meditation would shed Christ’s light in your path:
A Steadfast Heart.
One that says, “I want to keep going after God no matter what”. God does not want a heart that says, “Let me enjoy this sin just once – one more time – and then go back to God”. In reality, this “just once” will keep coming back for more. A steadfast heart says, “Once and for all, let me kill this sin”. Such a heart is not perfect and sinless – no one can be perfect in this world. Such a person may fall by giving in at times, but he won’t go down without a severe fight. And then, he’ll keep coming back. He doesn’t want God and sin at the same time. He wants God alone. He does not enjoy a lifestyle of sin. He wants to find enjoyment in the things of God. He is hungering and thirsting after righteousness – and he will be filled in increasing measures day by day.
Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled. [WEB]
2 Corinthians 3:18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. [ESV]
A Single Mind.
A double-minded person can receive nothing from God (James 1:6-8). Yes. NOTHING. What does it mean to be double-minded? Remember Lot’s wife! (Luke 17:32). Read chapter 19 of Genesis and you’ll know what it is to be double-minded like Lot’s wife. She gained nothing in the end. All her efforts and the help of angels turned out to be nothing for her in the end. What does it mean to be single-minded? It is to fix our minds on things above and keep pushing forward. Stumbling is not a problem but looking back is. For, who does not stumble? If we stumble, we can get up again in His Grace but if we look back, God will be displeased.
Luke 9:62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” [ESV]
Hebrews 10:37-38 For, “Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay; but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.” [ESV]
Finally, remember this well – a renewed mind and a new heart are God’s gifts – we cannot earn them. But we can desire them (even that desire is from God – there is nothing good in you). We can ask God for them and seek God in the Scriptures day and night to have them in our lives – for God’s Glory (not to show off your holiness and spirituality). Pleasing God – our Creator, Father, Great High priest, Friend, Saviour, Redeemer and Brother – must be our continual desire and motivation. We must not reduce the whole study of pleasing God into a few points and walk away with a doctrine – that would be most spiteful. We must make continual efforts to know God more, love Him and please Him in every way. It must be our motive everyday, every hour and in everything to please God, enjoy God and Glorify Him because He is our Father and in Him alone, we can find life.
You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalms 16:11 [ESV]