In my last post I revealed that I am someone who has started to experience the, “why did I come into this room” phenomenon more frequently than I care to admit, I feel I am becoming an expert at answering the question, “What are you looking for?”
In His perfection God in no way can be suffering from the same age related decline.
My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? John 14:2 (NIV)
Regardless of the amount of rooms, God doesn’t enter them, stop, look around and ask Himself, “What am I looking for?” I cannot quote a specific verse that supports this but I must conclude from the biblical revelations of God’s nature that He is not forgetful. I also must conclude that He is ageless, not restricted by the influences of time or its degenerative effects.
What is God looking for is not a question that God is asking but one we should ask.
If the conclusion I arrived at in my previous post, we need to seek God’s plan – Done God’s way – In God’s timing – With God’s chosen resources, is correct, then we have a hint of what God is looking for. If we are seeking to understand what God wants for us in each situation then we have begun to address God’s call for every Christ follower.
It is not enough to know what God’s plan, way, timing, and chosen resources are.
If I have the cure for cancer or a way to produce pollution free renewable energy, I have nothing unless I do something with it. God did not call us to know about Him and to understand His plan and how it works, He called us to live out our part in His plan because not only do we know Him but we want to please Him. What pleases God? Obedience. What is obedience? Complete surrender so that we replace our way with God’s way.
What is God looking for?
He is looking for every part of you and me. He wants us to love Him with all of our heart, soul, and mind. He wants everything that makes us who we are to be unreservedly surrendered to Him. He doesn’t just want us to know who He is and what He wants, He wants us to live out who He is by doing what He wants us to do.
It started out so easy.
At some point in the Christ follower’s life we came to the conclusion that we needed God, that we could not address our own sin so we surrendered it to Him. That was easy! Just like I don’t perform surgery on myself (not only am I not a surgeon but even if I was it still wouldn’t be a good idea) I don’t attempt to take away my own sin. I am not qualified or capable and I will never be qualified or capable of taking away my own sin.
It started out easy but it wasn’t long before total surrender became optional and full obedience, situational. I may not be able to address my constant state of falling short but I feel I can address lots of other things. I need God in parts of my life but I also need God to get out of the way sometimes!
I got this one, I’ll call you when I need you God.
Total surrender and full obedience are not possible in our sinful state although they are desirable if you are a follower of Christ. We were designed to seek out solutions for our problems. Before sin entered the world there was only one way, one go to guy. Once Satan presented the idea that we could address things ourselves, that we could be like God and know good from evil, the perfect design that led us to seek out a solution became perverted by sin causing us to look to ourselves for that solution.
God’s call is simple, return to the intended relationship, return to Him as the only solution. He provided a way for His perfection to be in a restored relationship with our imperfection. Some ignore it while others embrace it but none of us are capable of totally living it.
When it comes to sin, the follower of Christ knows God is the only one who can deal with this problem.
When it comes to other things the Christ follower tends to mix up their ways and God’s ways often telling Him, “I got this one but can you deal with the other thing and oh yah maybe it’s best we work together on the solution for some of the other stuff”.
God is looking for total surrender and full obedience.
There is only one way to live this out. Always look for God’s plan – Done God’s way – In God’s timing – With God’s chosen resources and then do your part.
There is no way to totally live this out. We must live in the grace that covers our disobedience while seeking to live out the ways of the one who offers that grace.
For the Christ follower, what we are looking for and what God is looking for are inseparable. We are looking for God’s plan, way, timing, and chosen resources because He is looking for us to be totally surrendered and fully obedient.
Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me Luke 9:23 (NIV)