In my years of ministry, I have been with numerous people as they left this life to enter into eternity. None have called for their accountant or their bankbooks. They only call for their family members, friends, and their God.
At the end of life we all realize the only thing that really matters is our relationships. Ultimately, the most important is the relationship we have with our God.
God created a special garden He called Eden, and placed the first man Adam in it to take care of it (Genesis 2:15). The Garden of Eden literally means in Hebrew the Garden of Pleasure. The Prophet Ezekiel called it The Garden of God (Ezekiel 28:13). Our right purpose is to bring God pleasure, and unless we are doing this we are not really fulfilled in life. We properly exist to be a God-Pleaser.
There are three types of pleasers in the world:
- The Self-Pleaser – only cares about themselves (Can’t trust people like this)
- The People-Pleaser – are often brought into traps of bad situations, because they are ruled by their fear of rejection.
- The God-Pleaser – the person that deals with every relationship from this basis, “Is this Pleasing to God?” This is the person that lives with eternal purpose and blessing from God. It requires courage, but will ultimately keep you in the favor of God.
I challenge you to gage every relationship by this criteria, “Is it pleasing to God?”.
Chaplain Ronnie Melancon