It’s Just The Opposite

It’s Just The Opposite

 
Read Colossians Chapter 1
 
Col 1:10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. 13 For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
 
2Co 5:9 So we make it our goal to please Him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.
 
I feel safe in saying that all of us wish to please our Lord. We have spent our lifetimes attempting to honor Him by obeying Him in the area of same-sex attractions. Those efforts are well and good, and completely necessary. But I’m not sure that most of us have grasped a key point from these verses from Colossians. It is simple: pleasing God does not come about by avoiding sin. We are required to avoid sin, with all the strength and resources He has provided for us, but that is not the key for pleasing Him.
 
What do these verses say? How can we please our Savior?
 
1.       Bearing fruit – We are saved unto good works. We were saved so that we could become warriors in His kingdom. He has a plan and purpose for each of our lives, and our job is to be about fulfilling that plan.
2.       Growing in knowledge – This is not worldly knowledge. We are commissioned to grow in Godly knowledge and wisdom. That can only come about as we study His word, diligently and persistently, and as we utilize that knowledge in ways which will produce holy and pure lives. Be reminded that knowledge of God means intimacy. We cannot know Him until we develop an intimacy with Him. That also comes by learning who He is, through His word.
3.       Being strengthened with His power – This comes to pass as we spend every day for the remainder of our lives seeking Him, seeking Him, and seeking Him with all our hearts, souls, and minds. He won’t dump His power on us if our lives are centered on worldly pursuits. And you will note that His strength will result in our endurance and patience.
4.       Giving thanks to the Father – What parent does not want to be appreciated? Our Father has done more for us than any earthly father could ever do, at his very best. Verse 13 shows us what He has done and why we should be thankful. We must increase our times of thanksgiving.
 
So these are four ways that we can please Him. Look at them and study them carefully. What do you think will happen if we completely engage in these four things? The answer should be obvious to us – we will have less and less trouble obeying God in the area of our same-sex attractions. We won’t have the time and energy to seek impurity if we are fully engaged in bearing fruit, growing in Godly knowledge, being strengthened with His power, and giving Him all the thanks that He is due.
 
Pleasing God is NOT refraining from sin; it is doing His will, focusing our minds on the positive acts we can and must do to accomplish His will in our lives. The opposite is also true – if we are involved in pursuing impurity, we stand no chance of bearing fruit, growing, being strengthened, or being thankful.
 
Prayer: Yes, Lord, we are guilty. We have expended a great deal of effort trying to avoid same-sex sinfulness. But we have neglected doing those things You have asked of us. Help us to turn our minds toward being a positive force and influence for You and Your kingdom. Thank You for not giving up on us long ago.
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