When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Colossians 3:4
Most of what is preached in church today is how to run our lives with the aid of self improvement techniques. We are taught different principles: “how to be a success”,”steps to strategic living”, “steps for a better marriage” etc. Little emphasis is placed on Jesus; self improvement is emphasised instead. Today, the sign of God ‘s approval is based on how much you’ve been able to amass, and what kind of car you drive or house you live in.
All of these beloved, do not please God. What pleases God is your belief system: how much you trust and believe in Him who He sent i.e. Jesus. The main issue is that we’ve down-played our identity as believers and have ascribed more to the system of the world. We are not ordinary; we are supernatural. We are in the world, but not of this world. The tangible things to us is not the materials things we can see and touch, they are all temporal. But the real things are those things that you can’t touch or feel physically.
Every other thing is passing away, but our true identity lasts forever. Jesus has become your identity. The life you live now isn’t yours but Christ’s. Where do you need improvement? Is it in your marriage? Jesus is the only one who can turn the water of your marriage into sweet unending wine. No matter how many self-help marriage improvement seminars you attend, only Jesus can turn bitter waters sweet. Is it in your finances? Jesus who brought out gold coin from the mouth of the fish can turn your financial situation around. All you have to do is trust and believe Him. This is what pleases God.
Beloved, allow Jesus who is your life live through you and satisfy the longing of your soul.