“Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21) (NKJV)
Nothing happens by accident. If you want to please God, there must be a determination on your part to want please Him. God is in the business of blessing His people. Salvation is free (Titus 2:11), but there are conditions to fulfill in order to enjoy the blessings provided in the bible. We must make God our first priority in all the decisions we take in our daily lives (Matt. 6:33). You cannot choose to “do your own thing” in total defiance of the will of God and expect the best of God.
We have been commanded to keep the Lord’s statute and commandments for our own good (Deut. 10:13). Our God is merciful and faithful (Deut. 7:9). He is more eager to bless us than we are to receive His blessings. For God has bestowed upon us, all things that are suitable to this life and godliness through the knowledge of Him (2 Peter 1:3). All that we will ever need has been provided in Christ Jesus. It takes making God a priority in our lives to enjoy the riches that add no sorrow.
To please God in an acceptable way, we must stay on the narrow path which leads to life (Matt. 7:13-14). As a child of God it is important to find out what God wants us to do at every point in time from the manual of life – the bible, and not to be led by the multitude (Ex. 23:2). There is way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of destruction (Prov. 14:12 & Prov. 16:25).
Many are called but few are chosen. It is only those who do the will of God that will be chosen (Matt. 22:14). It is not about attending church services but it is all about doing the will and obeying the word of God. It is only those that do the word of the Lord that can truly be blessed.
If you want to follow Jesus, there are sacrifices that you have to make on daily basis and you must be ready to give up all things for His sake (Luke 9:57-59). There is a narrow path that you must follow. Our first priority is to preach and advance the kingdom of God daily (Luke 9:60). It must be a conscious and deliberate effort as we can never please Him by chance.
Jesus is the Lord of those who do what He says (Luke 6:46). When you listen and do the word of God, your foundation becomes unshakeable (Luke 6:48-49). The choices that inform your daily decisions are dependent on whether you are walking on the narrow path or on the broad way. On what foundation are you making your daily decisions?