Living for pleasure never will bring pleasure, but living for God will bring pleasure as a side effect—not by seeking it
, but by seeking Him
. The Bible tells us that in His presence there is fullness of joy, and at His right hand are pleasures forevermore (see Psalm 16:11).
We need to remember that we live for the glory of God. The apostle Paul wrote to the believers at Corinth, "Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31).
If I can't do a certain thing for the glory of God, then I shouldn't be doing it. I should be able to write "Hallowed be His name" over any pursuit I have in life. If I can't say that of what I am doing, then I should not be doing that thing.
Can you write that over your marriage right now? Hallowed be His name
. Can you write it over your career and business ethics? Hallowed be His name
. Can you write it over what you fill your leisure time with? Hallowed be His name
It doesn't matter what your vocation is. If you are a builder, then build for the glory of God. If you are a mother, then be one for the glory of God. If you are a musician, then play for the glory of God. Whatever you do, do it for the glory of God. That is why you are here on this earth. And if you live for God's glory, then you will know God's pleasure.
Life is preparation for eternity. We were made by God and for God. And He wants us to practice on earth what we will do in eternity.
Are you living for God's glory? Or, are you living for your own?