Message From Matt | February 1, 2019

For God’s Pleasure!
Ever watch a movie or listen to music and it affected you so much that it made you want to change a part of your life that needed changing?  I have, and for example, every time that I watch a Rocky movie or hear its famous songs, I have a great desire to get into shape, run through the streets of Philadelphia with a crowd of people cheering me on and get in the ring to fight for the heavyweight championship of the world….then, after a while, reality sets back in and the thought of running crushes that temporary fantasy.  Maybe if I would just listen to Rocky music every morning then maybe I would stay motivated!  Maybe not…
When I was a young teenager there was another movie (and its main song) that also influenced me like Rocky.  It was the movie Chariots of Fire.  If you’re my age or older, you definitely remember the movie and its plot based on the real life story of Eric Liddell, a Scottish Olympic track star running for the British team who was also called to be in Christian ministry.  The pivotal point of the movie was when Eric, who was a favorite to win the 100 meter sprint in the 1924 Olympics, chose not to run the race because it was held on Sunday.  His conviction cost him a gold medal, frustrated many, but also encouraged many to live by their convictions.  Eric won the gold for the 400 meter race in that Olympics but he is not remembered for that win, he is remembered for standing by his convictions and his stand for Christ.   Most don’t know that he died 20 years later while being held prisoner in a Japanese prison camp after serving as a missionary in China.  He died as he lived…for God’s pleasure!  
There is a line in the movie that speaks to Eric living for God’s pleasure and it is the scene where his sister is urging him to give up running and go “all in” into the ministry.  It was during this exchange that he said, I believe that God made me for a purpose. But He also made me fast, and when I run, I feel His pleasure.
What a great quote!  What a great attitude! 
As I have thought about this quote this week, I have been remembering that Bible verse that says that we were created to do good works for Christ!  It’s written in Ephesians 2:10, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”  
Our purpose is to work for God!   He created us to do good works!  He ordained (appointed) us to walk in those good works!  When we do what we were created for it pleases God and I believe that we can feel God’s pleasure!  
I know that when I serve God by serving others, it feels great!  
I know that when I spend some time in the Word of God, it feels great! 
I know that when I take time to spend time in prayer, it feels great!  
I know that when I resist temptation and have victory over it, it feels great! 
I don’t think that these are just shallow feelings though!  I think it comes from feeling God’s pleasure!  God is pleased when we live and work for Him!
Want to feel God’s pleasure – serve Him!  Serve others!  Serve in the church!  There is no greater feeling than that!