II CORINTHIANS 5:9-10: “So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” (ESV)
OBSERVATION: What is the goal of my life? What is the purpose of the day that I have before me? These types of questions usually lead to thoughts of career, family, and personal achievement. Without goals nothing is accomplished. Yet, the goal and purpose of my life reaches far beyond what I do for a living, where I live, how many children I have, or what type of retirement I will have. All of these things are important, but they are also all temporal. We cannot take any of them with us when we die, including our families. The goal and purpose of my life must be directed toward that which is eternal if it is to last.
What is the eternal goal of my life? This could lead us to another long check list that would differ in many people’s opinion. Fortunately, the Apostle Paul simplifies the answer for us. Paul says – “So whether we are at home (our life here on earth) or away (our future life in heaven), WE MAKE IT OUR AIM TO PLEASE HIM.” What powerful simplicity. What a powerful truth. The ultimate goal and purpose of my life is to please Him. This in essence is the heart of worship. This is fulfilling the First and Great Commandment – “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” (Matthew 22:37)
Why should this be our single most important goal and purpose in life? It is because this is the basis by which we will be judged when we stand before Christ. We are all called to build our lives upon the foundation, which is Jesus Christ our Lord. We will be judged according to how we build. If we build with eternal materials of gold, silver, and precious stones, we will receive a reward. If we build with temporal materials of wood, hay, and stubble – we ourselves will be saved, but we will lose our reward (read I Corinthians 3:11-16). We can struggle trying to figure out what gold, silver, and precious stones are – or, we can simply embrace this simple truth – it is to please Him! It is to worship Him! It is to live for Him!
How do we do this practically? Do we climb up to a mountain top and pray on our knees for hours? Do we sing songs of praise and read our Bible for hours? Do we engage in Christian service and help others for hours? All of these are good and noble things, but they are not the essence of what Paul is calling us to. He makes it clear in I Corinthians 13 that we can do all these things and miss the mark completely if we do not have love. So how do we stay on point and truly please Him, truly love Him, truly worship Him, truly live for Him?
Jesus gives us the answer in the prayer He taught us to pray. True worship (pleasing Him) is first positioning ourselves under the grace and majesty of the Almighty God – “Our Father who are in heaven, hallowed by Your Name.” True worship matures and is perfected when we surrender to His call – “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” We please Him when we acknowledge Him as Lord, and when we submit to His will in our lives. All of life should be a discovery of seeking His will for the moment and for our lifetime. It is coming to the place where we consider the Kingdom in everything we are, everything we desire, and everything we do. This is true worship. This is what pleases the heart of God. This is what will bring forth eternal rewards in our life!
Lord, help me to be a true worshipper in both spirit and in truth. Give me the will, the hunger, and the grace to please you in all that I do. This morning, willingly and purposefully, I place myself under Your mighty Hand! Let Your Kingdom be established in me today. Let Your will be done in me today! Let me enter into true worship with those surrounding your throne – on earth, as it is in heaven. In Jesus Name!