The word “pleasure” in our focal text in its Hebrew form (thelēma) means “purpose, desire, or will.” What this means is that God created everything for His purpose. Reasonably, we understand that everything was created, invented or developed for a particular purpose, and their value is dependent on how well they function according to that purpose. There is no point whatsoever having a TV that has a bad screen, or a telephone that has a bad mouthpiece, or in a mirror that doesn’t reflect. Every single thing around you is valued only to the extent that they fulfill their purpose.
Rev 4:11 – “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
In the famous sermon on the mount, Jesus tells us that the purpose of salt is what keeps it relevant. Once it is unable to fulfill its purpose, it is no longer useful for anything, and will be thrown away. He goes further to tell us that we are the salt of the earth, and that points us to why God has called us to serve Him. A Christian who does not treat his spiritual purpose as important can lose his place in God’s plan. Even Jesus had His purpose spelt out, and He followed it through till the very end (John 18:37, 1 John 3:8).
Paul spoke of his own purpose, and his dedication to it, saying, this one thing I do. Every child of God has a divine purpose for their life here on earth. The fundamental purpose of the child of God, and indeed all of creation, is to please God. Enoch, before his translation, had this record that he pleased God, and we are taught in Heb. 11:6 that without faith, it is impossible to please God. A lot of times, this is incorrectly interpreted to mean that it is faith that pleases God. It is more correct to say that it is faith that makes it possible to please God, much like a high school degree makes it possible to be admitted to the university.
After having faith in God, we must then seek to please Him. Your purpose on earth is to please God. Everything you do, everything you say, wherever you go, your goal must be to please Him. The Holy Spirit helps us with that, by making sure that our desires are right, our words are right, our actions are right. Every child of God who lives by the Word of God, and subjects themselves to the leadership of the Holy Spirit will find themselves pleasing God as a matter of course. The condition of your heart, and your dedication to the Kingdom are of spiritual relevance to the Father of spirits.
A lot of times, it is easy to misconstrue our secular interests and activities as fulfilling purpose, but this is not particularly true. You please God when you pay attention to the things He has placed in your care, or given you the ability or burden to do, that attends to something eternal in the Kingdom. God is pleased when your business flourishes, but more pleased when you win souls for Christ. God is pleased when you buy a new car, but He rejoices every time your spirit wins over your flesh. When the Word rules your life; your words, thoughts, actions, God is pleased. The more this happens, God sees your spirit merging more and more with His. This brings God immense pleasure.
So, pursue secular accomplishments by all means. Break all the records in academia, be an inventor of something important to humanity, become the president of your country, go for what you are passionate about. The Holy Spirit in you enables you to do that. But make sure that with or despite all that, you have this record, just like Enoch, that you please God. Make sure that what you are doing is what you were born to do, and that you are giving it your best. Focus on how much your spirit man is growing in Him. Make sure that your spirit is in constant harmony with the Holy Spirit. That way, God gets the glory for all your achievements here, and He waits with open arms to welcome you home.
God bless you. Have a blessed day.
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