What does God want for you part 4?
What does God want for you part 4?
The very purpose that Christ came to this earth is to provide a way for mankind to be redeemed and have everlasting life. This was the plan from the very beginning when man committed the original sin in the garden of Eden in Genesis 3.
We are all trying to find a lighter cross. We all have crosses to bear and we are constantly trying on different ones for a better fit. As we talked about last week in my blog. I challenge you to put on all the attributes of Jesus Christ. And display them on a daily basis as he displayed his attributes of steadfast love, concern, mercy, and compassionate demonstrating all of his attributes. Those who are willing to identify with Jesus Christ must bear their cross. A couple weeks ago we asked the question; will there be many save or few saved? Jesus tells us that we must make sure that we are on the narrow road to salvation, and he told us that there was a broad path with many travelers. I have heard it said (I'm not sure where it came from) "a Christian without courage and commitment is displaying atheism."
I am not trying to discourage anyone, but I am trying to encourage you to defend your faith, display the attributes of Jesus Christ in your life to their fullest, and bear the cross that he has asked you to bear. Matthew 7:13 (ESV) 13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.
2 Peter 3:8–10 (ESV) 8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.
In this passage God has demonstrated to us that he is a patient God and that he fulfills his promises. He is also stated in this passage that he desires for each of us to come to repentance, so that we can have eternal life.
Peter is telling us in this passage don't let this one thing escape you it is essentially important. In the Lord's sight, in his estimation of things a thousand years is the same as yesterday. God is eternal, his thoughts are not like your thoughts. Subject to the law of time. We can't understand that one day, is the same as a thousand years. Jesus Christ died on the cross some 2000 years ago, we cannot compress that into one day. This passage seems to be referring to: Psalm 90:4 (ESV) 4 For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night.
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promises but is patient toward us not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance they can then have eternal life. Mankind in many cases is slow to fulfill their promises, for various reasons such as selfishness motivations, patience and love, not so with God. The day of the Lord here simply is the day of judgment. Each of us will be held accountable for our actions or lack of actions. Romans 3:19 (ESV) 19 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God.
If we understand "the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed" as man's works and his actions. We can relate that to: 1 Corinthians 3:13 (ESV) 13 each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. The Day again is the judgment day, so on the judgment day all of man’s works will be exposed/revealed.
Let me summarize:
What is your purpose?
What does God want for you?
The first thing that God wants for you is that you allow your faith in God to grow each day. That means that you must stand firm in that faith when persecution and difficulty arise.
The second thing that God wants for you is that you submit to the Holy Spirit, thus depending upon God and trusting completely in God thus allowing him to provide what is best for you.
The third thing that God wants for you is that you cloth yourselves with all the attributes/characteristics of Jesus Christ and display them on a daily basis to everyone that you have contact with.
The fourth thing that God wants for you is that you become obedient to his will and his word. This is probably the most difficult thing for people to understand because we cannot be obedient to his word and his will all the time.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (ESV) 14if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.