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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Think About It

What Does God Want?

John 6 records the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand. The following day, the crowds started to gather again to see Jesus. Having had their bellies filled the day before, they wanted more. In fact, Jesus even states that when he said, “I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs, (John 6:26). Like many today, they were consumers, looking to get from God what they wanted. Jesus attempts to refocus them when he says, “But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval” (John 6:27). Like many today, they took this and immediately asked “What does God want us to do?” Jesus replied, “This is what God wants you to do: Believe in the one he has sent.” (John 6:28-29).

What does God want? Simply to believe in the one he sent. What do we do? We add to it by adding a list of expectations. Believe and pray, believe and go to church, believe and do kind acts, believe and… Why is it that we always seem to want to add something to believing? The thief on the cross did nothing other than believe, (Luke 23:32-43). The people back in Jesus day did it, and we do it today.

Remember the rich young ruler? He told Jesus that he had kept every commandment there was, but when Jesus told him to sell all that he had and follow him, he couldn’t do it, (Luke 10:17-22). Why? Because he was more interested in doing for God, then being for God. Very similar, but one is works, the other is faith.

I’ve heard many complain that they can never seem to please God. They view their circumstances, health, and problems as being directly related to God and that somehow their plight is directly related to missing the mark. Consequently, God is the problem for all of their wows and if they could only find the right formula, God would be happy and their lives would be better. Reality states that believing doesn’t constitute a lack of troubles. In fact it actually may bring more on. Think about it.



Anonymous said...

The world's Big Word is "get."
The church's Big Word is "do."
God's Big Word is "be."

He wants us to abide (to be) in Him. He says He is the vine, and we are the branches. That's where we must BE. Then we can get and do what He wants - by His life flowing through us.

Anonymous said...

Why is it God wants anything? He is all powerful all knowing so isn't it safe to assume God always gets what he wants? So why would he need anything from us? I say stop humanizing a God. Men want things have expectations. God has no need of praise anymore than he needs a cookie. Or any other trivial emotion or object. Its your own need to be loved wanted etc. You think by heaping such emotions onto God, its going to endear you to him any more than you already are? You think god needs you or your praise? Get over yourselves. Unless of course God is not all powerful or all knowing. In which case why bother worshipping him? For if he is subject to human emotion, thinking etc.. Well then why not just worship yourselves?

Anonymous said...

Oh and only those with a big ego, or low self esteem. Need to be praised or told they are loved all the time.

Anonymous said...


For my people are destroyed for their lack of knowledge....look it up and seriously consider it.


Anonymous said...

Never trust a person that would deign to know the will of God.

Also, LOL at the idea of selling everything you own and following Christ.

Do you know what nation you're living in? That lesson's going to fall on deaf ears, hate to tell ya.

This is why it's complete b.s. we live in a supposed "christian nation".

Our entire society is founded on two principles: greed and war.

(I'd add a third, judgement, but that's ironically more preserved for the supposedly religious)

We are about as un-Christian as it gets. You simply cannot reconcile our alleged beliefs with our actions.

Want to write a useful sermon? Try that topic on for size.

Anonymous said...

People read too much into basic statements of faith. We need to sometimes lighten up. The previous author of these inspirational messages once spent a whole inspirational column about the word dildine, right? I save that a it is one for the ages.