Have you ever asked yourself “What does God want from me?” I know I have from time to time. I know that He does not need anything from from me but sometimes it seems like He asks a lot of me. So what does God want from me? What does He want from you? The simple and short answer is He wants everything, or to be more clear He wants all of you.
God wants all of you because He has created you to belong to Him. He created you to choose and then presents Himself as the clear and proper choice. There is not a single verse that points this out but as you search the Bible and the entire story of redemption you start to get the picture. But what kind of man would I be without a Scripture to help point this out? Ephesians 1:5-6 gives quick synopsis of this:
having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
God wants you so bad that He chooses you first, and then makes us acceptable in His Son Jesus. He has done all of the hard work to make the relationship happen. But I digress we are not talking about what salvation here. Nope this time we are talking about the Christian who struggles with wanting to know what God wants from you. Hummmmm. I have a problem now though. I cannot separate the two. It seems I cannot find a way to distinguish between God saving you and what He asks of you. This might be harder than I first thought. Give me a minute to think about this…….
OK I am back. Did you miss me? Still with me? Here it is here is what I have for you. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says you are not your own you belong to God because He purchased you at a price. You are not your own, but you belong to another and you have someone to answer to. Now let me give you an illustration or two. First is from marriage and the second from family.
In marriage you take a wife (or a husband), you pledge to honor, cherish, love, and devote yourself to that person. You go into the relationship choosing to give yourself and your thoughts over to that person right. Well the Bible says that we are the Bride of Christ and we should go into that relationship the same way. When making a decision in marriage you ask what the other person would want and make a mutually consenting, and beneficial choice. Same way with walking with God. The only difference is He is smarter than you and knows what is best, but He still talks to you about it.
Second is the family example. If you have children you want what is best for them and you know what they are capable of. More than that you know if you ask more than they are capable of you will help them achieve that goal. Well again God is the best father ever and He knows what you are capable of and if it is more than you can do He will help. He does not want you to fail, but has given you every spiritual blessing, and every good and perfect gift comes from Him.
So what does God want out of the person He has purchased with the Blood of Jesus? He wants it all. He wants you to listen and respond. He wants you to obey. He wants you to love those you need it. He wants you to give the same way He gave. He has shown what love is and He wants you to love. Sometimes it is hard, and it hurts. Sometimes people hurt you, but when they do you pray “Father forgive them, they know not what they do.” He wants you to give your will over to His. He does not ask for too much though, He asks for it all.
Just a thought,