What God Wants
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. God 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. God 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).
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). God’s plans for us are good plans of prosperity and hope (Jeremiah 29:11; Ephesians 2:10) and we can find purpose for our lives when we abide in Him (John 15:1-17). Abiding in God means daily connecting with Him through study of His Word (Acts 17:11) and prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
God has given each of us special gifts that are listed in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11. In this chapter, the apostle Paul presents the Church as the body of Christ with each member having a different purpose (1 Corinthians 12:12-31). We can therefore be successful, fulfilled and happy in fellowship with one another and with the Lord who wants us to reciprocate the love He has poured on us.
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In His service,