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What does God really want?

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What does God really want from you?

   There has been such a misrepresentation of what God wants from us. Many preach that what God really wants is our obedience. This places God in the position of a task master who created man for nothing more than to boss him around. This is a wrong concept.

God created man to be His companion, who would receive His awesome love and then love Him back in return. God is love and His motive in everything is love. That is why the first and greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, and the second commandment is like it, to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37-39). What God really wants from you is your love.

The Bible says that love is the fulfillment of the law (Romans 13:9-10). If you love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself, then you will not do the things that hurt or offend God or your neighbor, thereby eliminating your need for the law. The law is only necessary for lawbreakers, and if you, by virtue of your loving conduct, are not a law breaker, then the law is unnecessary for you. God wants our relationship with Him founded upon love – not rules and regulations.

Suppose you had a good relationship with your child and the love that bonded you both caused you to respect each other and to honor each others wishes. The child helped out around the house and enjoyed spending time with you. But then as they grew older, selfishness and rebellion began to take hold; they began staying out late at night and hanging with the wrong people. They no longer help out around the house and begin to treat you disrespectfully. Selfishness now governs their actions rather than love.

For their own good, you are finally forced to take hold of them and to “lay down the law” of your house. You now set a curfew, prohibit certain friends and make up a list of chores they must do while issuing a warning of penalty for non-compliance. Selfishness and rebellion has now caused the law to become necessary to govern the actions of the rebellious child until such time as they will once again enter into a love relationship with you. Is the strict obedience to the rules you were forced to enact what you really want from the child you love? Even if they grudgingly obey all your “rules of the house” but fail to enter into that loving relationship with you that you so badly desire, will that make you happy? Of course not.

So it is with God. We do not please Him by trying to keep all His rules and regulations while withholding our hearts from Him. Jesus came and died for us so that by faith in Him we can now be forgiven. God will then send His Holy Spirit into our hearts to change us, that we could be reconciled to Him as sons of love instead of slaves to the law. Galatians 4:4-7 says it so clearly: “…God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba , Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”

That is why we so often hear that God wants a relationship – not religion. Jesus came to set us free from being a slave to list of rules that religion requires while we are in rebellion to God, so that we might now come into relationship with Him, become His son and be free. “…a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed”. John 8:35-36

God puts a new heart within us that is full of His love, and it is with this love that we will in turn love Him and our neighbors. This is what God really wants.

Bob Holland

Faith in Action Ministries

 

 

 

 

October 30, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a Comment