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Many of us would rather please God all the time but feel uncomfortable spending time “being pleased” by Him. This is understandable; we live in a world where we are often judged by what we can do instead of who we are on the inside leading us to live secret or double lives. Many look fine on the outside; performing well but they’re rotting on the inside – wondering if there’s more to life than making money or being powerful or performing good deeds for God by giving and helping. Many of us tend to apply this performance-oriented mindset to our relationship with God. I do believe we have to serve God but if we can’t spend a day or even a few hours simply receiving what He is dying to offer us then we might want to check our hearts. Christ came that we might have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10). He came to break the tension between God and man and establish friendship with him (John 15:15*) and He clearly demonstrated this desire for intimacy through the washing of the disciples’ feet (John 13:1-17). People at church will probably applaud us for our performance but God is dying to get closer to us by active fellowship with him once in a while – thinking about His goodness, reading His word or a book about Him, praising Him for who He is and basking in His presence by ourselves or with loved ones, soaking in peace and contentment feeling safe, revived and free - pleased by no less than the God of the universe Himself.
* “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” (August 28, 2014)