Most of us think about our lives from the perspective of what we want. We are seeking ways to be happier and more comfortable. We want to be valued and significant. The greater thing we must be concerned about is this: What God wants.
Sometimes, we keep asking the Lord what to do, hoping for a different answer. “Do not be foolish. Understand what the Lord wants you to do” (Ephesians 5:17 NLV).
You can get saved and serve God your whole life and still not have a clue about what He wants. You might please Him here and there, but your life remains rooted in wanting things from your perspective. You might look good on the outside, but inside there is something rotten.
There are more Christians willing to serve Christ than surrender to Him. “Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If you truly want to follow me, you should at once completely reject and disown your own life. And you must be willing to share my cross and experience it as your own, as you continually surrender to my ways.’” (Matthew 16:24 TPT).
What God wants is for you to love Him. When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment of all was, He didn’t hesitate one second but said, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind” (Matthew 22:37 NLT).
Sometimes, God makes the path difficult to test your resolve. “The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul” (Deuteronomy 13:3 NASB).
Loving God is not simply an act of saying so but inwardly living such that your love for Him grows daily. That you would come to realize just how merciful and gracious He is towards you and how much he loves you with all of His heart.
Father God loves you unconditionally, and Jesus saved you unequivocally. Now be the son or daughter of the King that you were meant to be. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. …we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son…” (Romans 5:8,10 NKJV).
What God wants is for you to trust Him. That you would, in every circumstance and through every trial, come to trust Him completely that He has you. You will trust God to the degree that you know God. To trust more, you must spend more time with Him.
Trust God with your decisions, and then wait for Him to answer. “The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand” (Psalm 37:23-24 NLT).
What God wants is for you to be obedient to Him. Our obedience matters because it is in our obedience that we are following Him. To disobey is to turn from God and go our own way. God wants us to go His way, for His way is always better.
It is not grace or obedience, but grace and obedience. “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?” (Romans 6:1-2 NKJV).
Too many churches focus on giving and serving as the measure of our devotion to God. But they are all wrong. Scripture clearly teaches that to obey is better than to sacrifice. There are more people willing to give and to serve than there are willing to obey.
If the Church would teach obedience first, then the sacrifice would follow. “And Samuel said, ‘Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams’” (1 Samuel 15:22 ESV).
What God wants is for you to treat other people with love, respect, dignity, kindness, and patience. When Jesus was asked what the greatest command was, He said to love God, but He added this, “A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:39 NLT).
We are better at preaching forgiveness than practicing forgiveness. “God has chosen you and made you his holy people. He loves you. So your new life should be like this: Show mercy to others. Be kind, humble, gentle, and patient. Don’t be angry with each other, but forgive each other. If you feel someone has wronged you, forgive them. Forgive others because the Lord forgave you” (Colossians 3:12-13 ERV).
What God wants is for you to start thinking about what other people need. He wants us to be less self-centered and more selfless in our prayers and our actions. He wants us to consider what we can do for those that He places in our path.
The value of your life is the benefit you are to others. “Don’t think only of yourself. Try to think of the other fellow, too, and what is best for him” (1 Corinthians 10:24 TLB).
What God wants is to spend time with you. He wants to be alone with you. He wants to hear what is in your heart. He wants to know your fears and your frustrations. He wants you to know Him better and to learn to love Him more and more with each passing day.
If you want to hear from God, you need to spend time with Him. “In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice; in the morning I will prepare [a prayer and a sacrifice] for You and watch and wait [for You to speak to my heart]” (Psalm 5:3 AMP).
Blessings to you,