Do you know or remember this song called “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves? It’s one of those songs that makes me smile every time I hear it. There’s a particular lyric which says “I’m walking on sunshine yeah and don’t it feel great”.
These lyrics remind me what our new life in Jesus is like – Walking on Sunshine and doesn’t it feel great!!!
Isn’t it good to reflect on that truth -that as Christians we are no longer walking in darkness- the darkness of sin, death, judgment and ignorance of our minds but we’ve discovered the truth about God through Jesus our Saviour and through his death and resurrection, we have crossed over from darkness into the light.
We are now light and walking in the light of Christ.
This is what the bible says. Ephesians 5:8 – “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord”
It’s so good to remind ourselves constantly of that truth. We have been rescued from the darkness of sin and death- Praise God. Not from our own efforts but through God’s rich love and mercy. Last Sunday the preacher encouraged us to thank God each day this week for the gift of salvation. Thank you God for saving me.
Now truthfully do I “feel” like I’m walking on sunshine all the time. I’d be lying if I said yes but the truth of what Christ has done for me is not altered by my feelings or circumstances. The truth does not change and is based on God’s Word and I make the decision to choose to believe it whether I “feel” like it or not. If I let my feelings rule then I’m on a slippery slope of trouble.
I am light in the Lord. I am a child of the light.
Now we know that as Christians once we’ve become light we are called to live as children of light – to continue walking in righteousness living godly lives. We encourage each other to walk worthy of our calling in Christ and help each other to pursue godliness. Being accountable and challenging each other in the right loving way. Not being all judgmental, gossiping and trying to dress it up as “telling the truth in love” – that’s not right or helpful. Let’s not forget gentleness and loving kindness when dealing with each other.
Ephesians 5:8-10 – “Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases God”
What a great instruction. Live right, produce fruit through the Spirit of God now at work in us and…….Find out what pleases God. That’s the mandate.
Some Christians I know wonder or fret about what they should be doing for God. They worry in case they get it “wrong”. Paul gives us some simple instructions to help us here in these verses – find out what pleases God and then let’s just get on and do it.
So what pleases God?
We find that out from reading the bible for ourselves (no shortcuts here – you need to read and study it) and in being in fellowship with other believers where we are taught and discipled.
Here’s just a few things the bible says please God:
Faith in Him – Hebrews 11:6 – “without faith it is impossible to please God”.
Generosity and an unselfish attitude – God loves a cheerful giver – 2 Corinthians 9:7
A humble attitude – God does not like pride. In fact God opposes the proud. James 4:6 tell us that God’s face is against the proud.
An obedient attitude – Obedience is better than Sacrifice -1 Samuel 15:22
A peacemaker – Matthew 5:9
Jesus pleased God – “This is my son in whom I am well pleased”. Luke 3:22
So, we learn what pleases God from studying Jesus.
Jesus himself was:
Humble – “But made himself of no reputation and took upon him the form of a servant” Philippians 2:7
Selfless – He gave himself freely for us.
Obedient – “and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross”. He said to His father “not my will but yours be done”.
Forgiving – “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”. Luke 23:34
Compassionate – “When He saw the crowds his heart moved with compassion” Matthew 9:36
Loving – “nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 8:39
These are just a few things which please God. There’s more you can discover in the bible.
I want to be a God pleaser. How about you?
Have a blessed day my friends.