The Rewards of Pleasing God

by Herschel on February 26, 2013



Olympic Hero, Eric Liddell

Eric Liddell was a 1924 Olympic Gold Medalist who became a missionary to China. In the movie Chariots of Fire, which chronicles his running career, his sister accuses him of letting his running become a higher priority than his work for the mission. He replies, “I believe God made me for a purpose: for China, but He also made me fast, and when I run, I feel His pleasure. To give it up would be to hold Him in contempt. You were right; it’s not just fun; to win is to honor Him.” Eric’s father had told him, “Run in God’s name, and let the world stand back in wonder.” Liddell was a man of commitment whose refusal to compete on the Sabbath cost him a chance to win a gold medal in his best event, the 100 meters. But God honored his stand by enabling him to win the 400 meters (an event he entered at the last minute) in World Record time.

Eric-Liddell Racing

Liddell winning a race.

 Paul encourages us to “live as children of light” in all goodness, righteousness and truth, “and find out what pleases the Lord” (Eph. 5:8-10). When you are truly seeking to please God, and you “feel His pleasure,” that is one of the best ways to discover how God has gifted you for service. Those who find their “niche” and are fulfilled and energized in their pursuits are the ones who are usually most fruitful in ministry. Webster defines niche as “a place, employment, status or activity for which a person… is best fitted.”

Eric’s father also told him, “You can praise God by peeling a spud if you peel it to perfection.” God wants Christian athletes, students, business people, teachers, and homemakers to do everything in a way that will honor Him; “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31). We should see everything we do as service to God. When we perform our tasks with excellence – to please God – it is a witness to the non-believing world (1 Pet. 2:12). Warren Wiersbe writes, “Just live and work in such a way that your Master will be able to say, ‘You are My beloved servant in whom I am well-pleased.’”

Ask yourself, “When is the last time I felt God’s pleasure?” And, “How could I use what I’m passionate about to honor God?”


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