We all want to have our own way. All things must work out for our own way. We want everything, wealth, riches, abundant life, the good car, the beautiful wife, fantastic kids, vacation to Dubai, social status, want to be wanted, to be loved, celebrated….wanting to appear important. And I have no problem with all these! They are “noble” wants as they are!
But have you ever paused to ask, “What does God wants?”
I John 3:23-24 MSG “Again, this is God’s command: to believe in his personally named Son, Jesus Christ. He told us to love each other, in line with the original command. As we keep his commands, we live deeply and surely in him, and he lives in us. And this is how we experience his deep and abiding presence in us: by the Spirit he gave us” In other words, when we believe in his son Jesus and love each other, we can become like him and live to do his will and what he wants! And the interesting thing, “Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3 NLT). It means, wanting what God wants is not difficult as long as you abide in him by believing in his son and loving each other! It’s not rocket science!
So, can you be like Jesus? Yes you can! Most of us think Jesus is that extremely saintly person with no guile hence cannot understand our struggles and challenges! We think God is just there dishing out commands and all the sorts and he is inured to events going on in your life… Sorry to disappoint you. He is not! Heb 4: 15-16 MSG, “…We don’t have Priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all-all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.” And let’s look at Rom 8:15-16 MSG, “God’s spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are: Father d Children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us-an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes though. If we go through hard times with him, then we are certainly going to o through the good times with him!” NKJV says, “the Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs-heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may be glorified together.”
Pretty straight forward is it not? My colleague’s baby, each time she brings her to the office, a cute baby with innocent looks. But once she wants attention, be rest assured, she will get it and she cares not whether she’s in the office, church, cinema or anywhere! Her mother, and we here colleagues are bound to respond to her no matter what we are doing, why, “am a child!” How much more our heavenly father, if we simply understand we are joint heirs with his son Jesus, by inference, we are his sons and daughters and he will respond to us as long as we are in tune with him by understanding that we are his children and must do what the father wants! If a mother cannot forget her breastfeeding baby, how much more your Father, who has the resources of heaven at his disposal?
Quit using God as an ATM, come to him, regularly, talk to him the way you will talk to yourself in the mirror. Let him know your struggles and challenges. Your high moments and low moments. You swear, use cuss words, womanise, drink, get angry, resentful, don’t read your bible, depressed, and all the works. He wants to be near, draw close to him and he will draw close to him as well. He wants a relationship, not an affair not fling. You can be like Jesus, when you take yourself out of the equation, and focus on him instead of your worries. It’s not an instant transformation, but gradually you come to see through God’s eyes, hear through his ears and speak with his leading.
I can be like Jesus, You can be like Jesus, We can all be like Jesus.