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Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Ephesians 5:10 NRSV
It’s sad to say, but there are not many of us who really live to please the Lord. Sadder yet is the fact that we never even give it a second thought. With our eternal destiny secure in Christ, we toddle along, going our own way and doing our own thing. We by and large avoid the bigger sins, ignore the socially acceptable ones, and think we are no worse than anyone else. Is the Lord supposed to be pleased with this?
Conforming to Christ
Conforming to the image of Christ means learning to live for the Father’s pleasure even as He did (John 8:29). It’s more than just avoiding His displeasure. It is actually doing those things we know would be pleasing to Him. It is living with the Lord in mind at all times. This will lead us to naturally avoid those things that He hates, and pursue those things that will actually satisfy His heart.
This is the heart and soul of godliness. This is something that must be cultivated as God’s people. This is what will cause us to actually shine as lights in the world. This must be the inspiration behind living in the Reign.