It’s interesting how as a Christian, I put a lot of pressure on myself to be reading my Bible, helping people, volenteering, praying and singing. The sad part about this is God doesn’t need any of it from me.
I feel like sometimes, I can even see it as almost “paying my dues” or “doing God a favor” as if he needs me to tell him he’s awesome and all powerful and I love him. Or as though me reading the Bible is something I have to do so that God knows I mean business. Or as if me helping someone is so that God can get to someone and that should impress him.
I realized this one time while sitting down a few times this past week with my Bible. I felt so dissconected from anything going on in the passages and was thinking to myself, “what is the point of this? Is God really just wanting me to read this thing so I can know what it says and maybe get a few good points from it I can share throughout my week?”
I found myself wondering why we do any of this stuff, and I realized all of it is just worthless. Now I know the passage in the Bible that talks about anything without love is just a loud gong and means nothing, but it’s sinking in again, and sometimes I need a reminder.
This stuff means nothing to him because he doesn’t need our affirmation, our helps or for us to read his words from 2,000+ years ago.. it’s meaningless.
The reason it’s important is this:
He wants our moments! These are just a few of my favorite pictures with some of my favorite people I have on my phone over the past year or so.
God wants our hears and he wants us to be focused on him throughout our moments. When we pray, it is so God can remind us of his faithfulness and graciousness. When we sing to him, it’s so that we can be reminded of his holieness, love and goodness. When we help others, we are able to experience the joy in giving and we receive more of the Father’s heart for his children. When we read his word and live by it, we receive joy and peace and freedom from a lot of hurtful stuff that is found through right living and we also here understand more of the Father’s heart.
The ironic thing about this friendship and relationship and serventhood with our creator is that when we give everything to him, we’re really giving him something he already has given to us in the first place. On top of that, when we give him everything, he gives it back to us in purity and fullness.
This relationship is rigged. We will never be able to pay him back and he’s ok with that. All he wants is us to stop trying to be worthy and to just do as his word say.
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Romans 12:1-2 ESV
For more awesome words from Jesus read the rest of the Bible, haha, but check out John 14. Jesus’ words are always on point.