“So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him. For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.”
The important thing we must see from these verses is that our goal is to please Him. Pleasing Him means we love Jesus and live like Him. We don’t shrink back and ride out our faith for ourselves. We build our relationship with Him and we start to live seeing others as our focus. Bold and confident, pleasing God by our believing in the one He sent, Jesus.
Pleasing God also means we believe and accept the purpose we all have to share truth and not be satisfied by the corruption in this world. His standard is our standard and nothing else. His values are the only moral way to live so we work on them so we can shine. It doesn’t mean that we let this world rule by the behaviors it wants, we have a set of values that we follow. We need to understand that we live in a country that is different and it was set up on Christian values so there is a standard to follow. We can’t make everyone choose Jesus but we can set up the moral values that started this country and keep that standard with people. Marriage, life, gender all other things that are Biblical we can keep as the standard and then in this country there is the freedom for other beliefs to dwell here as well. They just need to understand that the moral values aren’t going to change to fit their desires.
1 Chronicles 29:11 NLT
“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things.”
Important to understand because all different areas in the world will have different ideas and we use our God given talents to reach people for Jesus. Whatever the culture was set up with is how we work on reaching people for Jesus. China is different and we need a different approach. Europe is different and needs a different approach, America was set on Christian values and we keep that approach and we can’t let the world change all the values without being apart of it and being bold to please God.
It’s a perfect mix of not sitting back and letting things happen and not pushing to change everything in this culture, just the ones that line up with what God discusses. Marriage needs to line up with Gods ways - life needs to line up with Gods ways - gender needs to line up, it’s not hard to see what in culture is damaging to pleasing God.
Learn, live and help people see a loving God that sent His Son for all to have a chance to be home in our true eternal place.