We Aim to Please

We Aim to Please


"So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aima to pleaseb him." (2Cor5:9 ESV)


Examining the Words of this Admonition

aphilotimeomai = 1) to be actuated by love of honour (1Thess4:11)

2) to be ambitious / 2a) to strive earnestly, make it one's aim (Rom15:20)

beuarestos = 1) well pleasing, acceptable (not just barely good enough) - fully received.

Child-like Ambition

  • Something      every child is 'born' with -- the desire to please his parents.
  • "Children,      obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord." (Col 3:20 ESV)
  • Later in      life, we adults have a way of 'training ourselves out' of this trait.

Choosing WHOM to Please

  • Pleasing 1 of      2 opposing parties will displease the other one (Lk16:13).
  • "Do you      not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?" (Jas 4:4 ESV)
  • We are conflicted -- if not driven insane -- from trying to please      everyone.

Examples of Aiming to Please God

  • Abel:      "accepting his gifts" (Heb11:4) and Enoch: "having pleased God" (Heb11:5)
  • Paul: Gal1:10 not "seeking the approval of men" / 1Thess2:4 "we      speak...to please God"
  • Jesus: "I do      always those things that please Him" (Jn8:29)

Children of God seek to please Him in three areas: Learning, Living, Loving: Col1


  • v9 "be filled with the knowledge of his will in      all spiritual wisdom and understanding"
  • We must first know HOW to please the Lord. What does He want?
  • "you received from us how     you ought to live and to please God..."-- 1Thess4:1


  • v10a "walk...fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in      every good work ..." (Col      1:10 ESV)
  • The goal of learning is living. Knowledge of truth must progress      to action.
  • This is "FULLY pleasing to Him:" yielding the fruit of all kinds      of good work.


  • v10b     ... and increasing in the knowledge of God. (Col 1:10 ESV)
  • Knowing (gnosis) God: closeness,      fellowship, intimate acquaintance.
  • v11 An Ascending spiral: learning about God, living in Him, loving      Him more...

Reason to Please Him

  • Q: Why does Paul say to please God should be our goal in our 1st     passage?
  • "For we must all appear before      the judgment seat of Chris.", (2Cor5:10 ESV)
  • Col1:12-14 It is HE Who delivers us, qualifies us,      translates us into the kingdom!

God makes it His goal to deliver all those who make it their goal to please Him.

notes by David Teel  Wednesday, February 19, 2014