When we think about the perfection of God, and our fallen nature, we may think that it is impossible for us to please Him. However, it is not beyond our reach, and it is even … quite simple!
That should be the most pressing desire of any child of God: to want to please Him. But since we know He’s perfect, flawless, we believe our efforts to be up to par will never be enough. Many of us give up on the idea and simply choose to live our lives our way. We try to convince ourselves that being “a good person” is the best we can do. The problem is that when we choose to let go of our standards because “it’s too difficult” the result of our actions is not satisfactory. We do not see the glory of God in our life. Many Christians find themselves between being discouraged from trying to be perfect for God, and guilty of walking according to the desires of the flesh. A state of mind that is far from the attitude of victory that a child of God should have. They find themselves between a dry spiritual life and an unsatisfactory physical life. That is a far cry from the abundant life that Jesus promised.
When the Israelites were delivered from slavery, they felt a desire to please God. They were not perfect, they sinned several times in the wilderness, but there was still a desire to do God’s will if only to keep His favor. God then invited Moses to the mountain to give him the details of building a house where God could dwell. “And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them” (Exodus 25:8 NKJV). It’s pretty amazing to imagine that imperfect little humans could create a sanctuary perfect enough for God to dwell in. And even more impressive, God himself trusted that His children could build this. God could have said, “You are just humans … you will never be able to produce anything perfect enough for a perfect being like me!” But no, He revealed exactly how to do the task.
It was not an easy task, but God gave the material and the intelligence to His people to make it happen. “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship” (Exodus 31:2-3 NKJV). When we want to please God, He gives us everything we need to do: material and intellectual. He will even change our hearts so that our beats are at the same rate as His. “Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within [a]them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 11:19 NKJV).
God would never ask us to do something that would be impossible for us to accomplish. The task may be impossible on our own, but then He promises to guide us, to give us what is necessary, so that we can accomplish His will. And what God expects of us, so that His glory may manifest in our lives, is to be … perfect! “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48 NKJV). “Ah, but it’s impossible… I’m not perfect, far from it,” you might say. You cannot achieve this goal on your own (Matthew 19:26), but God is not asking you to do it alone (John 14:15-18).
Yes, it is possible to please God. Yes, it is possible to be perfect enough to harbor the glory of God within us. For that, we only have to follow Christ and not our flesh (Romans 8:8). We don’t need to pray for hours, we just have to stay connected to Him at all times. That is, keep an ear attentive to His word. We don’t need to do a thousand good works, we just have to do what He asks of us, which is never exhausting (Matthew 11:30). And if we deviate from this path, we don’t need an intensive session of deliverance, we only need repentance covered by the blood of Jesus (1 John 2:1).
Do not be discouraged! God wants to dwell in you, and He desires to make His glory shine upon you. And He makes it possible by giving you everything you need to make it happen. Yes, you can please God while you are single! Do not let your head fall in discouragement; on the contrary, lift your head to God! He will give you the assistance you need to continue to please Him.