Pleasing God

A man of world renown, whose life was one of unparalleled achievement, gave this simple formula for success: "I do always those things that please him" (John 8:29). The man, of course, was Christ Jesus. The One whom he always unswervingly sought to please was his Father-Mother God. That he succeeded in this endeavor is evident by his works.

What is it that pleases God? That which is in accord with His nature. God is Spirit; so that which is spiritual and good is pleasing to Him; but that which is material is not pleasing to Him. Paul said (Rom. 8:8, 9): "They that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you." Refusing to be absorbed by either the pleasures or pains of the body, letting Spirit instead of matter be All-in-all to us, dwelling consciously on divine ideas instead of on material sense impressions, we are assured of pleasing God, Spirit.

Our Heritage of Freedom
February 5, 1966

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