Pleasing Faith

What type of faith is God pleased with?

My answer hinges on these two points: 1) There are several parts of a person: mind, emotions, spirit, conscience, body, soul and others. 2) Our faith is demonstrated when we do things that bring glory and honor to God.

A person who has submitted their mind to the Lord may be considered legalistic by many. They may carefully consider the things being presented and question things they are not familiar with. They might use apologetics to convince others that God can be their only true benefactor for eternal life. They probably ensure everything they do is authorized by the text because that is the logical thing to do. And the reason they do so … is because they want to bring honor and glory to God. I think God is pleased with that.

A person who has submitted their emotions to our Savior may be considered dramatic by some. They may raise their hands in worship and cry. They might frequently explain to others how awesome Jesus is because He came to us out of love. They probably concentrate on ensuring everything they do is motivated by the joy that comes from God living in them. And the reason they do so … is because they want to bring honor and glory to God. I think God is pleased with that.

A person who has submitted their spirit to the Father may be considered evangelistic by others. They may share the gospel with everyone they know because they realize how unworthy they are of salvation. They might share the knowledge of our inability to earn Heaven and our worthiness of Hell. They probably present the grace of God to everyone they meet in an effort extend an invitation to the freedom found in Jesus. And the reason they do so … is because they want to bring honor and glory to God. I think God is pleased with that.

I could go on with other examples, but I think that will be enough to bring me to my next point. Each of those aspects can be compartmentalized. The legalist may look down on the others because they are the only ones doing it right. The emotional person may look down on the others because they are the only ones feeling it right. The evangelical may look down on others because they are the only ones sharing it right.

I believe the type of faith God is most pleased with is when a person submits EVERY part of themselves to the Lord – not just one or two. I think those moments we give another part of “us” to our Savior is when we grow in our faith. And each time we grow in our faith – God is pleased with us more and more.

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