Ephesians 5:8-10 (NET) for you were at one time darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light – for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth – trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.

When Gerald became a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, pleasing God became his priority in life. This did not happen instantly, but as he continued in the words of Christ, he arrived at the knowledge of the truth— he understood the purpose of life and how pleasing God and becoming like Christ are the major goal of this present life. As a result, he became free of all spiritual limitations and became more successful in his earthly trade because he was now a reliable and dependable businessman. He also became a good husband and father to his children because he was no longer living a self-centered life. Gerald’s life now experienced a level of peace, joy, and contentment that he didn’t know was attainable before he became a disciple.

One of the most important attributes of true believers is that they desire to learn what is pleasing to God and do it. Life is about pleasing God. A man who lives to please himself will not find lasting pleasure; such a man has been condemned to vanity. But a man who lives to please God will find the fullness of joy, true peace, and eternal pleasures. Man was not created in the image of man but in the image of God. Any man that lives for himself will find vanity, death, and destruction at the end, but any man who lives to please God will find life, peace, and joy everlasting.

Go into today remembering that you were created in the image of God. Your life is meant to be Godward, not selfward. Man can only find purpose and completeness in God.

Lord Jesus, please help me live a life of purpose — pleasing you in all respects.

— Abraham Damilola Arigi

Bible In 1 Year: Ecclesiastes 3-4
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