What does God want from us?

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By BibleAsk Team


Understanding what God wants from humanity is a fundamental aspect of many religious traditions, including Christianity. The Bible provides numerous references that offer insight into His desires, expectations, and commands for humanity. By exploring these passages and their broader theological implications, we can gain a deeper understanding of what He wants from us and how we can align our lives with His will. In this exploration, we’ll delve into key themes and teachings from the NKJV that illuminate His desires for humanity.

1. Love and Worship

God created us for fellowship with Him: “I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee” (Jeremiah 31:3). Parents bring children to life for this same reason. The Lord is our Heavenly Father and yearns to have children to love (2 Thessalonians 2:16). Life is a chance given to humans to develop that love-relationship with our Creator. He created us with the freedom of choice to accept His love or reject it. Sadly, our first parents chose to believe the devil and distrust God. Consequently, death, and suffering became facts of life (Romans 5:12).

But God in His great mercy offered His Son to save us from death so that all who accept His offer of salvation can be eternally saved (John 1:12). “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). There is no greater love than this that someone may die for those whom he loves (John 15:13).

Deuteronomy 6:5

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” This foundational commandment emphasizes the importance of wholehearted devotion to God. Loving God with all our being involves cultivating a deep, intimate relationship with Him and expressing our reverence and adoration through worship, prayer, and obedience.

Matthew 22:37-38

Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.” Jesus reaffirms the centrality of love for God as the greatest commandment, highlighting the importance of spiritual devotion and heartfelt commitment to God’s will.

2. Obedience and Righteousness

Jesus emphasizes the inseparable connection between love for the Lord and obedience to His teachings. Demonstrating our love for our Heavenly Father involves living in accordance with His commandments and striving to embody His values in our daily lives.

Micah 6:8

“He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” This prophetic passage encapsulates God’s desire for humanity to live justly, show compassion, and walk in humility before Him. Obedience to His moral and ethical standards (Exodus 20:1-17) is essential for aligning our lives with His will.

John 14:15

“If you love Me, keep My commandments.” Christ endorsed the moral commands given to old Israel (Matthew 5:17–19) and honored them (Isaiah 42:21). He gave commands of His own, such as the new commandment (John 13:34), not to replace any of the moral laws, which reflected the character of the unchangeable God, but to give them their true meaning and to show how their laws should be applied to different life situations.

3. Compassion and Service

The Lord cares for us individually (Psalm 139:13) and has a purpose for each of us: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). His plans for us are good plans of prosperity and hope (Jeremiah 29:11; Ephesians 2:10)

The Heavenly Father has given each of us special gifts that are listed in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11. Paul presents the Church as the body of Christ with each member having a different purpose for service (1 Corinthians 12:12-31). We can therefore be successful, fulfilled and happy as we carry on His Word and mission for us.

Matthew 25:35-36

“For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.”

Jesus teaches that acts of compassion and service to others are expressions of our love for Him. By caring for the needy, welcoming the stranger, and ministering to the marginalized, we fulfill God’s command to love our neighbors as ourselves.

James 1:27

“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” This verse underscores the importance of practical compassion and social justice in the Christian life. True religion is not merely about ritual observance but about actively seeking the welfare of the vulnerable and marginalized in society.

4. Faithfulness and Trust

We can find purpose for our lives when we abide in Him (John 15:1-17). Abiding in Him means daily study of His Word (Acts 17:11) and prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Faith is a central component of our relationship with Him.

Proverbs 3:5-6

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

This proverbial wisdom encourages reliance on God’s guidance and providence in every aspect of life. Trusting in God’s wisdom and sovereignty enables us to navigate life’s challenges with confidence and humility.

Hebrews 11:6

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

Conclusion: Living in Alignment with God’s Will

In conclusion, the Bible provides numerous references that illuminate God’s desires for humanity. From loving Him wholeheartedly to demonstrating compassion, obedience, and trust, His expectations for us are grounded in His character of love, justice, and mercy. By aligning our lives with His will and embodying His values in our relationships and actions, we can experience the abundant life and spiritual fulfillment that He desires for us. As we continue to study and meditate on His Word, may we grow in understanding and obedience, seeking to live lives that honor and glorify Him in all that we do.

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