Some people, knowing how God reveals himself and who he is, think that’s where it ends. They acknowledge there’s a loving a God who created the universe, and they carry on with life. However, knowing all that is just the beginning. There is a response God requires from us in order to experience his fullness.
Our Heavenly Father wants a relationship with us, his children. It starts with confessing you’re a sinner (Romans 3:23) and believing that Jesus died for your sins. Salvation is the gift which allows us to be close to God. He wants us to believe so that we can have eternal life (John 3:16).
Pursuing your relationship with God through reading His Word and praying will bring you closer to him (James 4:8). Continue to seek God for yourself; open the door and let him into your life. A relationship with God will bring meaning to your life in ways you can’t imagine!
While God gives us so much, we have to give back too. You may be wondering how we mere humans are supposed to return the favor to the all mighty God. Before you give up, consider the word worship.
When we worship, we are bringing glory to God. The greatest commandment in the Bible is, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, all your mind and all your strength,’ Mark 12:30. Our life should be spent
However, worship comes at a cost. Worshipping God isn’t popular today, and it’ll require sacrifice (Romans 12:1). Glorifying God is not as glamorous as it sounds, but we have the Holy Spirit to help us rise against the world’s expectations with hope in the eternal life to come.
Simply put, sanctification is becoming like Christ. Everyday we are striving to be more like him. This means we’ve died to our old way of life with Christ living in us (Galatians 2:20), becoming the character of our lives.
Sanctification is a lifelong process, but our time on earth is temporary. So while we wait for eternity, our efforts towards sanctification should be a light for all to see (Matthew 5:16). We need to be different, as the world is not our home (Romans 12:2). Christ-like actions will be a witness for all to see how people of the kingdom live.
It seems like God wants a lot from us here, but he doesn’t expect us to get it all right. He wants us to continue to believe in him and to keep praying. He wants us to allow his Word to shape our lives so that all we do reflects his glory. Continue to pursue these things for our amazing and wonderful God.
I hope you enjoyed this series! Whichever point across all three posts that stands out to you the most, pray about it. Ask the Holy Spirit to make these things known to you, so that you can live with real assurance of the one true God.