I have been thinking lately. That can be scary my husband says but that is not the point.
It has come to my simple mind that many have the idea of becoming one with Christ, one who asks for forgiveness to follow Jesus and accepting his gift of salvation leads to a dull, boring, mediocre existence. Years ago I did. And I understand why.
Going to church was given a bad rap from having to dress a certain way, look a certain way and hearing “hell fire and you know what” being preached. Not that those are not very important issues because they are, but could have been taught differently? Does that make sense?
There were preachers I heard at times as a child that scared me to death. Others made it easy to nap. I am not knocking preachers! I have 2 in my family who I adore and admire!
Allow me to say that maybe it wasn’t always the preachers undoing: it may have been me. Maybe it was because I didn’t want to hear what they were preaching…..anybody out there? Are you with me? Just checking.
Like so many others I didn’t like what they had to say because I didn’t want to have to change. Fun was the name of my game and following Jesus was not fun…..or so I thought. It ain’t always easy, in fact it is often hard, but considering the alternative? Well I’ m sure you can figure that one out.
This has led to the great misunderstanding about Jesus and the lie we have been told of what Jesus expects from us.
He wants to give, not take away. (John 10:10)
He wants us to love each other and our enemies. (Matthew 5:44)
He wants us to give out of a giving heart, not to be forced to. (Proverbs 3:9)
He wants us to learn his wisdom and knowledge. Doing so teaches you right verses wrong. (Proverbs 2:9-10)
He wants us healthy. (3 John 2, Isaiah 53:5, Matthew 9:22, Matthew 15:36, Mark 16:18)
He wants us prosperous and successful. (Proverbs 3:10)
He wants to save us more than anything. (John 3:16, Romans 6:23, Romans 3:10)
God wants to be close to us in every way. He is interested in every part of our lives from the food we eat, to the friends we have to picking out our mates. Believe me if you don’t let God pick out your husband/wife you will wish you had.
We are flooded with entertainment, books, movies, television, music, vacations; etc. Not all are bad or wrong. We are under the impression God wants to rip those things away from us. The enemy has come at us with every possible maneuver to keep us busy so we won’t get close to God and anything that takes us away from God is hurting us.
The truth of what happens when you come to a heart felt knowledge of the Lord is your desires become his desires. You are changed within and what seemed important, exciting or fun before can often become a lot less desirable. That is not to say they are all wrong or bad! It is to say your desire has changed to what is important, exciting and fun for God.
Inserting here the valid injustice that God has been given as a bad rap for being God. Yet he is more creative, humorous, fun and a lot move loving than anyone I know!
Once you have a personal, close relationship with him, he will show you his expectations of you. His expectations may differ from one person to the next, depending on his goals for each one so that is between you and him. You can rest assured though, he will only want his best for you.
Finally more than anything, God wants you saved. Jesus died and rose for each one of us because his blood shed on the cross was the only way it could be done. He paid more than we will ever know for our sins. You know when I first realized this? In 1986 watching the movie “The Ten Commandments” with Charlton Heston. It wasn’t in church, or Sunday School. It was a movie on TV.
So to help you further understand why God wants you saved, please go to the following link,
“What happened, Jesus Happened.”
His explanation tells it like it is people!
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