3 I thank my God every time I remember you.4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:3-6)
Monday, September 17, 2012
Living for God...... He has a plan for you......
God has a plan for you. You know what it is? He wants to make you like himself. Not only will that bring him glory, it will bring you satisfaction. But what does it mean to be like him, and how does it happen?
"And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." (Micah 6:8)
Being godly means living a life that pleases God—acting justly, loving mercy and walking humbly with him. The key, though, is the walking part. It's only when we walk with God in a relationship with him that we're able to do what's right and love others. As we spend time getting to know him, he changes us. The change comes as we see how awesome God is and how we, with all our imperfections, pale in comparison. It comes as we learn that God became a man—Jesus Christ—just so he could die a painful death to save us from our sin. And what is our response? Amazement? Gratitude? Yes, but it has to be more than that. God wants us to be totally devoted to him, in much the same way you probably dream about being devoted to a husband or wife some day. Because of your love for that person, you'll want to spend time with them and you'll do nice things for them—not because you have to, but because you really want to. When we have this kind of devotion to God, the things we do for him won't be a chore to dread. They will become something you look forward to doing. Not only will that be more pleasing to God, you'll like it better too!
"Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart." (Psalm 37:4)
To find any joy in a relationship with God, you have to agree that he knows what's best for you. You'll never find much "delight" in him if you're always fighting him.
He says to us, "I have a great plan for you, one that will be greater than anything you could ever dream." And we say, "I'm too scared to trust you," or "No thanks, I can have fun without you."
What's something you know God wants you to do (love others, study his Word, pray, etc.) that you're not doing? What's your reason for not doing this?
Ask God to help you trust that his desires for you will ultimately bring you the most joy.