What does God really want from us? There was a lady in my former church who came to me shortly after our arrival at the chapel. Her name was Pauline and her question to me was “Are you God’s man for us?” It was an appropriate question and for the next 21 years of our lives I worked hard to demonstrate that I believed that God had called Darla and I to share His word and message of love for the people of that church and community.
The people in the prophet Micah’s day complained that God was never satisfied. They snidely asked, “Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil?” (Micah 6:7). It was their way of asking, “What does God want from us, anyway?” Some people today feel like all their striving to please God goes for nothing, and they, too, ask, “What does God want from me?”
Jesus Christ put it like this, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.
I believe that our God wants us to trust in His Son as Savior and Lord (Philippians 2:9–11). I believe that God wants us to “become conformed to the image of His Son” (Romans 8:29). The Heavenly Father wants us to be like Jesus. He brings situations into our lives to refine us and chip away those flawed characteristics that are in the way of our becoming who He designed us to be.
Many people, like the Pharisees in Jesus’ day, try to put the external action before the inner heart change (Luke 11:42). When our focus is on loving God rather than simply serving Him, we end up doing both. If we skip the relationship, our service is of no use and benefits nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:1–2)