What does God want of me? I’ve struggled with that question most of my life. I wish I’d known at 20 what I know at 59 so I decided to write down what I’ve learned. Maybe you’re 20 and wondering the same question. If you’re 100 and know the answer then be sure to post in the comment section.
First I want to mention what God does not care about. I think it helps focus our mind on what is really important.
- How big our house is
- How nice a car we drive
- How much money is in our bank account
- How close we can park to the front door at the grocery store
- How impressive our job is
- How good looking our spouse is
After I finished the list I realized that is not totally true. God does care about those things, but His perspective is not the same as ours so I’ve modified the list:
- God does care how big your house is. Smaller is probably better. A paid off house is better than one you do not own. Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. – Romans 13:8. With the extra cash you can feed poor children who don’t have the ability to feed themselves, sponsor children who are orphans or do any number of other projects that change the world. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. – James 1:27
- God does not care whether we drive a 68 VW bug or a Tesla Model X. You could make the argument that God gave us the responsibility to take care of the earth and that the Tesla is more earth responsible but I think he would rather have us walk.
- Unless we are handicapped and someone who is not has taken the handicapped parking space God is not concerned with where we park our car. God does not care whether you are parked next to the front door or you have to walk for 5 minutes to reach the front door. I used to hear pastors and others say they prayed about a parking space and God always made one available. If that is true then pray about something that is more important, like children in your community who will go to bed hungry.
- God does not care how impressive your title is but he does want you to serve him through your work and he does want you to do your best. I’ve worked for a number of people and owned my own businesses. Personally I’ve found that owning my own business gives me more opportunities to serve him, but that is me. Work needs to be put in perspective. God commands us to work but he does not command that it take over our life. Paul says “Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:10.
- God does not care how good looking our spouse is. We are commanded to take care of our bodies. 1 Corinthians 6: 19-20 says: “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” When you are young your body is probably in good shape even if you don’t do the best at taking care of it. The older you get the more you appreciate your health. It is harder to serve God when you have spent years abusing his temple.
So what does God want of me and you? Here is my list.
- First he wants us to have a relationship with him which only comes through faith in Jesus Christ. God wanted this relationship so much that he sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. There are four steps to this journey. Click here to find out more.
- Next he wants you to love Him with all your heart, soul and mind. No longer will any of the things that matter to the world matter to you. You’ll want to spend lots of time with God and as you do God will change your life. God will transform you into a new person.
- Finally he wants you to love others. Jesus’ last commandment given to his disciples was: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” – John 13:34.
That’s it. Your list becomes really short. Love God and love others. Put God first, others second and become passions about following him. Spend time with him and you’ll find your life transformed.
Finally I’ll leave you a video to watch. Christian Hosoi had everything the world offered yet he found it meaningless. Don’t wonder through life. Make your life count. Find passion, follow Jesus.