Sometimes as Roscoe sits on my lap and gives me this look, I wonder what goes on in his mind. Is he capable of having an opinion, and if so what’s his opinion of me. I guess that is kind of dumb wondering if a dog likes me or not. Sometimes I wonder that about people in my life, people in our church, do they like me? What do they think about my preaching, my teaching, do they like my new shirt, and I wonder if they think I am fat or just a little overweight. I remember as a kid pulling pedals off of a flower one at a time saying, “ she loves me, she loves me not, she loves me, she loves me not. . .
One of the great warnings in the Bible is living life to please people rather than God.
Matthew 6:1 Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.
Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men,
Ephesians 6:6-7 not by way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men,
I have often thought how much easier it would be to be motivated by the desire to please the Lord if I could just hear His voice. God the Father spoke audibly from heaven when Jesus was baptized and said, “this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased”. Wow, how cool would that be to hear God’s booming voice from heaven say that to me!
David Brainard, a missionary to Native Americans in the very early years of our country was in the habit of praying three and four hours each day for those that lived around him who he was trying to reach with gospel. He once said that the more he prayed the more sensitive his heart became to the pleasure of God in him. David Brainard was known for the incredible sacrifices he made to live with the Indians, the hours he spent on his knees in the snow praying, the hours he spent working to serve and to help those he was trying to reach, and everything that he left behind to live where he lived.
He once commented that what others called sacrifice was very enjoyable to him when he sensed the pleasure of God in him for doing what he was doing.
The more I pray the more sensitive my heart becomes to the pleasure of God in me, that motivates me to pray sacrificially.