December - 13 - Wednesday

We make it our aim … to be well pleasing to him.
2 Corinthians 5:9

If I wish to please someone, I must know him or her. It is no different in our relationship with the Lord Jesus. However, we cannot know Him really well and intimately, if we hardly spend time contemplating Him. Let us remember: He died for us, so that we might live, and that we should live no longer for ourselves but for Him who died (cf. v.15). Our life should be wholly dedicated to Him.

The Lord wants us to serve Him. But it is far more important that we stay close to Him. When the Lord chose the twelve apostles, the first reason named is not their commission to preach but “that they might be with him” (Mark 3:14). Preaching was to follow later (cf. Mark 6:7).

We please the Lord when we cherish fellowship with Him above all else, and when His love toward us is “better than wine” (Song of Solomon 1:2). John pleased the Lord because he delighted to be in His immediate presence. John was no grey-haired aged brother, but probably the youngest of the apostles, maybe only 20 years of age. In His Lord’s presence he found consolation in times of difficulty, and when the real test came, and all the older brethren fled, this twenty-yearold stood by the cross of Jesus with a few women. Then the Lord entrusted His mother to him as a precious legacy. It was to John, not to Peter, that He said, “Behold your mother!” (John 19:26, 27).

Take care to be close to the Lord; then you will live both with Him and for Him and be well pleasing to Him. In times of trial you will be a faithful witness for Him and your service will find His approval.