Pleasing God

Hebrews 13:20—”Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, 21–equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”

What is pleasing to God?

These verses in Hebrews say He will equip us with everything good that we might do His will.  We please God when we do His will, but we cannot do His will unless He equips us.  

Equip—to mend, complete, put in order, prepare, strengthen, make one what he ought to be.

Pleasing—acceptable  

Romans 12:1—”I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”

We are holy and acceptable to Him by His mercies.  We worship Him by His mercies.  

“God equips us by working in us that which pleases him. The participial phrase “working in us that which is pleasing in his sight” (Hebrews 13:21) defines how God equips the saints to do his will. God does not equip us by giving us equipment to go work for him; rather, he equips us by taking residence in us and himself working his will in us. Not only that, he takes pleasure in what he does in us. The work that pleases God is the work of God in us (Philippians 2:12–13). 

What is the thing that God does in believers that pleases him? Hebrews 11:6gives us insight into that work. It says, 

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

If without faith it is impossible to please God, and there is something that God does in us in which he takes pleasure, it follows that the faith without which we cannot please God is what he works in us. Thus, the author is praying that God would work faith in the good things of the gospel in our hearts so that we may be able to do his will. 

According to Hebrews 11:2, it is this faith that will commend us before God as it did the saints of old. When we come to the end of the age, it will be our faith, God’s work in us, that will commend us before God. God saved us, works in us, takes pleasure in that work, and commends us based on that work.” From desiringgod.org

Open our eyes, Lord, that we may see and trust in the work You are doing in us.  Thank You for equipping us to please You through Your Son, Jesus.

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