How To Know What God Wants From You: Bishop Blake Shares A Simple Answer
If you study the history of a person or of a relationship, you will better understand that person: and the nature of that relationship. In order to live effectively with a person, you need to know your objectives for dealing with that person, and you need to know that person’s goals and objectives for dealing with you.
It’s very wise to ascertain the expectations that the other party has of you: prior to committing to a relationship. The best way to tell what a person will do is to look at what a person has done, and that will tell you what you can expect. There’s got to be mutual admiration and respect. This is absolutely necessary and essential for a lasting, satisfactory relationship.
Whether with God or with man, the principles are the same when understanding God’s purpose for His relationship with us.
GOD, OUR FATHER
So, what is it that God wants from us? What motivated Him to reach out to mankind? What was God’s objective?
Most parents don’t want anything from their children. They just want their children to do well; to succeed. They want them to be prosperous. And great is their despair when they’ve invested so much into their children, only to see them waste and ruin their lives.
That’s what God wants for us. He wants us to be productive; He wants our lives to be fruitful. This is why God came to us in the first place: that we might have life, and have it more abundantly. But if we’re going to have a relationship with Him, then we have to know who He is.
TO LOVE AND BE LOVED
Deuteronomy 28:1 (NKJV) says,
“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.”
God will do anything for you, but He’s got to have His R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Don’t bring sin into the presence of the Lord. Don’t be tricky; don’t be deceptive. Whatever you do for God, it ought to be greater. It ought to be the best; it ought to be higher!
God’s motive for dealing with us is love. His objective is to love us and to be loved by us. No matter who you are, no matter what you have done, God is in love with you.
SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Exodus 3:5, 13-15; Deuteronomy 6:4, 7:6-11, 28:1-14; Psalm 35:27, 100:4, 136:1, 149:4, 150:6; Isaiah 6:3, Jeremiah 29:11, 31:3; Amos 3:3, John 3:16, 10:10; 1 Peter 1:16, Revelation 4:11.
Adapted from the sermon, “God’s Motive and God’s Objective, by Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. The sermon is based on Bishop’s book, “Encountering God: Pathway to His Presence,” available at the West Angeles Christian Emporium.
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