Word For Wednesday: What Does God Want?

February 2, 2011

WFW

Not everyone who calls Me, “Lord! Lord!” shall enter the kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, “Lord! Lord! Did we not prophesy in Your name, and through Your name throw out demons, and through Your name do many wonderful works?”

And then I will say to them, “I never knew you! Depart from Me, those working lawlessness.”

What does God want?

Religious devotion?
Good works? Charitable giving?
Prayers for the sick?
Great faith to move mountains? To cast out devils and heal the sick?
A seeing eye to know the future?

Apparently not. Not that those things are bad unto themselves– but God wants first things first. Then, comes the other stuff.

According to what Jesus said, He wants people to do “the Father’s will.” So… what is the Father’s will? Well, according to what Jesus said, it is “knowing” God. Knowing God is very different from knowing about God. God doesn’t want mere happy thoughts, a cheerful smile, a kind gesture because we are “good people.” He wants our hearts. And, according to what Jesus said, if we do not know God, we are “lawless.” In other words, not knowing him implies separation from God (aka, “punishment” and “darkness”).

This makes sense.

You have a home, a really nice home that is beautiful and a real pleasure to live in. You also have certain rules within your home. Some rules are more complicated than other rules. For example, one simple rule may be that all family members must take off muddy boots before walking through the house. That’s not too difficult; it’s a “negative” command — it’s something you DON’T DO and it doesn’t take too much effort to NOT do something. A more complex rule may be that all children must work hard in school to get good grades. Perhaps this task is easier for some children than others– one sibling may find study easy, while another may need to put more effort into it. Still, a law is a law. Both must work to get good grades.

But let’s say someone else comes into the house. You are happy to have them live with you, but they need to stick to the rules of the house. They find that the muddy boots rule is easy enough, and do that. But they find that the rule about working to get good grades is “not for them.” They don’t see the need to do it, they don’t understand why you are asking such a thing, and refuse. This person becomes a lawbreaker– someone who does not abide by the rules– and even worse, the other children begin to slack off. What do you do?

Well, any good parent would “lay down the law.” You’d make sure that this wayward person has every opportunity to be able to study, that he has every tool to help him achieve your rule. But still, he resists. You realize that he is not studying because he can’t– he is not studying because he won’t. After a period of time, his rebellion gets out of hand. It bleeds into other things, and affects the other members of the family; this person begins to harass the other children, causing great discord in the home. You have no choice but to ask the lawbreaker to leave. This is the “separation.”

If that rebellious person really knew the parents, he would care for them and consider their decisions, correct? He would realize that they do not make the family members study because the parents love being taskmasters, but because study is necessary for the person to function when he becomes older. The rules not only maintain harmony in the home, but they are established for the good of the members.

God wants us to know Him. He has established this as the foundation for everything we do in this life.

2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal: “The Lord knew those who are His.” And, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity!”

Some people accuse God of being “mean” because He doesn’t “out of loooove” include everyone into His house, no matter how destructive people are. But I think God is being perfectly just, like any good parent would be. I would never invite nasty, rebellious, wicked thieves and murderers into my home to mingle among my precious children, would you?? Why do we get angry at God for doing the same? And God can see right through fake religious devotion. He doesn’t want religious hoops and hurdles. He doesn’t want people climbing stairs sprinkled with shards of glass, He doesn’t want people going to church every Sunday only to act like a pagan Monday through Saturday!

He wants the heart. He demands the heart. He wants to know you and He wants you to know Him. Having peace between God and man was impossible. Man was wholly unable to come to the table with anything but failure. So God sent His Son, as a man, and made a covenant with Himself. And in so doing, all of mankind is included in this pact. The door to the home is wide open. But of course, you have to go through the door. And, of course, you have to abide by the rules. He hasn’t made the rules very difficult– no climbing stairs on the knees, no casting out devils, no jumping to the moon and back. And no Good-O-Meter. LOL, found this video on Renee’s blog. It’s great!

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1

Just know Him. Seek Him. Have the innermost thoughts of your heart talking to Him. Refuse to do the things you know He hates. Throw yourself into doing the things that He loves.

Like any good parent, He wants His child to love Him. šŸ™‚

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