3 Ways to Please God With My Life
Read 1 Thessalonians 3:11 – 4:8.
Salvation is about more than getting to heaven when we die. It’s about living a transformed life here and now. Transformation and restoration are a fundamental part of who we are called to be as followers of Jesus. This journey of transformation and restoration is what we call, in theological terms: sanctification. To be sanctified is to be set-apart for special use – set-apart from our sin, and set-apart to Jesus (to walk in love).
Because this life matters, sanctification matters.
Sometimes sanctification is confusing, because it comes with the tension of the already and not yet. Sanctification is the fruit of new birth. In other words, the natural result of true faith is a life fully devoted to Jesus. But all of us often feel that we should be much further along than we are. We’re all a work in progress.
Sanctification flows out of a transformed heart, love for God and people, and a full appreciation of what Jesus has done! And it really isn’t as confusing as we think. The real question is quite simple: Is my life pleasing to God?
Now, let’s look at three ways to please God with my life.