If you are a Christian who is Born Again by the Spirit of God, you will have the natural desire to please the Lord, out of love for Him. When we do our best to please the Lord every single day, He fills us with immense peace and joy. No true Christian can live without any desire to please the Lord, who delivered us from Eternal Damnation and redeemed us for His Eternal Kingdom of Heaven. It is a privilege to know what pleases God and to do it for His glory.
Here are a few pointers on what pleases God.
Salvation is the first step to have access to please God. Without putting your faith in Christ alone for your Salvation, you cannot please Him. Some people think that they can work their way to heaven by their own good works. The doctrine of Faith plus Works for Salvation is totally incorrect.
Salvation is a free Gift of God. If you don't received God's grace through Faith alone, you cannot be saved. Without true faith in God, you cannot please Him.
Faith, according to the Bible is not merely "Wishful Thinking" or "Positive Thinking". It is believing in the One True Living God and that He would be with us and do what is best for us (Eternally), no matter what our circumstance is.
He has not promised that he would remove all our pains and problems here on earth. He has only promised that He would be with us always and make everything work for our good, making us more like Christ, that we may enjoy great rewards in Heaven. The Bible clearly says that it is impossible to please the Lord without faith.
Prayer shouldn't be just a Request List to God. Many a times we focus on our problems and needs during our Prayer time rather than God.
We are given the privilege of Enjoying God's presence in Prayer. Our Prayer should focus on who God is, His goodness and Faithfulness towards us, our Thanks Offerings and of course the list of our needs and wants. Even as we place our requests in God's hands during Prayer, we should submit to His Will and not be stubborn with our own will.
Jesus has given us a model to pray. We must exalt the name of God and seek His will and Lordship in our lives. We must forgive others, so that God can forgive us. We must fully depend on God for provision.
We cannot just talk to God and not let Him speak to us. God speaks through His Unchanging and Infallible Word. All scriptures are inspired by God and not just ideas and opinions of men.
Read the Bible slowly and meditate on the Word of God. It will change your heart and actions in due time.
Knowledge of God is important for building and growing your relationship with God.
Colossians 1:9-10 - "For this cause we also, since the day we heard [it], do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; "
We are not called to be forgetful hearers but faithful doers of God's commandments. Obedience pleases God and Sin grieves the indwelling Holy Spirit. Do not under estimate the consequences of sins. Over and over again the Old Testament and New Testament emphasizes on obeying God's commands.
We are not called to keep the Light (Christ) just for us, but to let it shine on others as well (Mark 16:15).
Be rich in the Word of Christ, so that other believers can learn from you (Read Colossians 3:16).
Colossians 3:16 - "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."
Biblical love is much of an action, rather than a feeling. If you love God, express it by obeying His Word. If you love your brothers and sisters in Christ, help them grow in Christ, pray for them, help them in their financial needs etc. A heart of worship, flowing out of the love for Christ is what pleases God greatly.
1 John 4:16 - "And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him."
John 3:16 - "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
Consider lending to the Lord by giving to the poor. One who shows more mercy will obtain more mercy.
Every Christian is given this wonderful privilege and purpose to Please the Lord who made the entire universe. As you start doing your best to Please the Lord in all possible ways every day, you will be filled with His amazing Joy that will overflow from you to others and eventually the Light of Jesus Christ will shine brightly in you.
Deuteronomy 15:7-11 - "If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother:"
Proverbs 19:17 - "He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again."
Acts 20:35 - "I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive."
Matthew 5:42 - "Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away."