What God really wants

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… and find out what pleases the Lord. – Ephesians 5:10

A friend was planning her son’s birthday, and she wanted it to be fun for her son. She planned going to the mall, visiting the arcade, getting ice cream and anything else she thought her son would enjoy. At the end of the day, she asked her son if he enjoyed his birthday.

“It was fun. But we could have done anything and I would have liked it, because I just wanted to spend time with you. It seems we’re so busy that we don’t do that anymore.”

My friend could have asked her son what he would like to do for his birthday instead of assuming what he would like. We also could ask the Lord what would please him instead of assuming. We think that God would like us to do good works for him, which he does, but which ones? We can’t do them all, and he hasn’t called us to do them all.

It takes spending time with the person we love to know their heart and discover what it is that pleases them. We can’t assume it, or think if we enjoy it, then they certainly would, too. God desires that time with us … that pleases him.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you do desire time with me. That’s hard to believe when you have the whole universe to consider … you want to spend time with me? Wow! Amen

Faith Tip: Find out what pleases the Lord by spending time with him.

Be wrecked for Jesus

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. – James 1:22

I know how to live a physically healthy lifestyle. If I eat lean meats the size of my palm every day, focus more on fruits and veggies and less on chocolate and ice cream, and get 30 minutes of exercise a day, I would be in great shape. For some reason, my conscience believes this will happen by osmosis … that I really don’t have to do anything, just know about it, and it will happen.

Our spiritual life is like that, too. We can gain infinite Bible knowledge, listen to a ton of sermons, recite the creeds, but unless we put our beliefs into action, we are not producing a healthy spiritual life … we are just getting fatter. Following Jesus means to be doing, going, praying, caring, helping and more. It is a faith-active lifestyle. God wants us to be spiritually lean machines and he tells us how to do it in his bestseller, the Bible.

Prayer: Forgive me, Lord, when I am not keeping fit in faith. I pray that I can overcome all hindrances and follow you freely and gain the spiritual fitness you have in mind for me. Amen

Faith Tip: One great resource for a spiritually healthy life that recently came out is Jeff Goins’ book Wrecked. I recommend reading that along with God’s word.