[quote="LotusCarsLtd, post:13, topic:190471"]
I'm kinda confused here...I don't see anything wrong with a mentality of "what can I do that pleases God?" since the person here is genuinely trying to do what God finds most pleasing and acceptable. To do the first thing the person has to begin by doing the second.
What can one do that pleases God? What does the Scripture say? I have a personal ministry, which I rarely speak about and is a neighborhood outreach based on the premise that the gospel or good news is predicated on the bad news of rejecting Jesus. Before I was a Christian I would have never even thought of such a thing; I am amazed that God would use me and to first even come up with such an idea and two provide me with the resources to carry it out. It is not me; it is God working in and through me for His purpose.
Another example; when i bought a lawn tractor for the yard; it was expensive and my yard is not that big, but I have some physical issues that the tractor reliefs; I prayed about the purchase and just asked God that He would use me and the tractor in some way to give glory to His name and let the love of Christ shine through me. It did not take Him long to answer that prayer. I did not say God, what can I do with this tractor that will please you; i already know the answer to that? Nothing. Why, because I am saying to Him that 1) He needs to be pleased by me and 2) I can actually please Him on my own...He doesn't need me to please Him He is perfectly pleased already.
I understand what you are saying and on the surface there is nothing wrong with wanting to please God; it should be our life's desire, but not based on our own ability to please Him, but based on the desire that He would please Himself by using us as the vessel.
What is the difference; one assumes a degree of pride "I can please God" and the other does not.
Ultimately it is the hearts intent and it sounds as though the heart is in the right place; but if the intent is to please God in the hopes of gaining some favor, then the intent is focused on self and not on God.