When we think of pleasure, we tend to think about what will cause us joy or some form of happiness. Pleasure comes in many forms. It could be sex, drugs, sports, a hobby or just sitting by he lake. Pleasures are not necessarily a bad thing, but they can be misleading us to be all about us.
Philippians tells us to work out our salvation "with fear and trembling for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure" (Philippians 2:12-13). We are to seek God's pleasure. Can Christians give God pleasure? The way Christians can give God pleasure is to be obedient to Him, which is the subject of Alistair Begg's book, Made For His Pleasure.
Begg gives us ten benchmarks that a Christian needs to live a life that is pleasing to God. We need to be a disciplined people who are engaged growing our faith. We need to be a people of prayer that seeks to align our will to God's will. We also need to be a people willing to count the cost to follow Jesus whether that is leaving a well-paying job to become a pastor or leave your home country for a foreign land to reach people for Christ.
Begg does address marriage in this book, which marriage is an important issue that must be address, but not every believer might get married. However, Begg does mention to those not married, they can still serve in their relationships to another in service and brotherly love. Christians are to be people who turn to God in suffering and rejoice knowing their Father still cares for them. Christians are to engage in holiness. In this day and age, holiness is more important than ever.
Christians are also people who are humbled because God has given them everything they need, which includes the redemption of our souls. Christians are also to be people who evangelize to the lost whether they are across the street or across the globe.
This is a simple, easy-to-read book from Begg to help his readers understand what the Christian life is and how we are to live a life that brings pleasure to our Father in Heaven.