I am sure that all of us want to please God. There are some people who actually think they do. They keep a running score of their good works and no matter how often you tell them that salvation is a matter of grace, they still think that their good works somehow cuts them some slack with God. There is no question but that we ought strive to do good works. A Christ-centered life ought be reflected through good moral deeds. But it must be understood that we do not do good works to be saved or to win some brownie points with God. We do good works because God lives in us and motivates our behavior.
Some people think tithing (giving 10% of one’s income) is what God wants. They boast that they have tithed all their life. And, sad to say, they do not even recognize that they’re really admitting that they haven’t grown very much spiritually. Tithing is where God wants us to start giving. It is never where He intended us to stop giving.
The problem of pleasing God has been an issue for spiritually minded people ever since we have existed. Men gave of their first fruits, their flocks, their money. Some even went so far as to engage in the sadistic practice of offering their own children to please God.
What does it take to please God? This is the question a young man asked Jesus as He left the scene of a service one day. And Jesus’ reply was: “Love the Lord, thy God with all thy heart, soul, might and strength. . .”(Matthew 22:37). In other words, God won’t be pleased until He has 100% of you. God wants all of you; not a percentage. You can only be blessed and have peace and sweet rest as you yield Him your body and soul.