God Wants Something From You
Intro:Most of us have probably wondered at some point,
"Why did God create the world in the first place? What does He
get out of it? Doesn't it seem like a lot of trouble to have gone
to?" Considering the frustration and disappointment and pain that
we have inflicted on Him over the course of years since the creation,
it seems a fair question. But it's a question for which we have an
answer in the Scriptures.
The fact is that God wants something from you. He wants something
from all of us, and He created us (and sent his Son) in order to get
- What does God need?
What does God deserve?
- God needs nothing. He is omnipotent, and can speak anything into
existence, just as he did the worlds in the beginning (Heb. 11:3 -
"the worlds were framed by the word of God"
- God does not need to be served by men - Acts 17:25 -
"Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed
any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all
- God does not need our praise or our worship for His sake -
Rev. 4:8-11 shows us that He is worshipped and praised continually by
beings far greater than we.
- God does not need sacrifices - Ps. 50:10-12 - "For every
beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. I
know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field
are mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is
mine, and the fulness thereof."
What does God want?
- Praise - Ps. 100:4-5 - "Enter into his gates with
thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him,
and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting;
and his truth endureth to all generations." In fact, pretty
much any page in the book of Psalms expounds on this.
- Respect/Fear - In the Bible, the "fear of the Lord" is
merely the respect and awe due him. Psalms 33:8 - "Let all the
earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe
- Worship - Psalms 29:2 - "Give unto the LORD the glory due
unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of
- People to seek Him
- Acts 17:26-28 - "And hath made of one blood all nations of
men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the
times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; that they
should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find
him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live,
and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have
said, For we are also his offspring."
- People to love Him
- Deut. 6:5 - "And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all
thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy
- Joshua 22:5 - "But take diligent heed to do the
commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged
you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to
keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with
all your heart and with all your soul."
- Deut. 11:1 - "Therefore thou shalt love the LORD thy God,
and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his
- Jesus called this the greatest commandment in Matt. 22:37-40.
- People to Imitate Him
- "Be ye holy, for I am holy." - Leviticus, many places.
- 1 Pet. 2:21 - "For even hereunto were ye called: because
Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should
follow his steps".
- Again in Rom. 12:1-2, Paul urges us, "I beseech you
therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your
bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your
reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is
that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
- 1 Pet. 1: 14-16 - "As obedient children, not fashioning
yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he
which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of
conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am
- In 2 Pet. 1:3-4, Peter says, "According as his divine
power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and
godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory
and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious
promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature,
having escaped the corruption that is in the world through
- People to be His exclusively, a holy nation
- Ex. 19:6 - "And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests,
and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto
the children of Israel."
- Lev. 20:26 - "And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD
am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be
- Isaiah 62:12 - "And they shall call them, The holy people,
The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city
- And finally, 1 Pet. 2:9 ("But ye are a chosen generation,
a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should
shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into
his marvellous light:").
This is why, though God is glorified daily by heavenly hosts, and
is in need of nothing, He made us anyway. What does God want that He
cannot create or command into existence? The answer is simple - God
cannot command people to voluntarily seek him. He cannot
create beings with no choice and then have them choose to love
him. To have someone to choose to love Him, and to seek Him, and to
be like Him, God created man in His own image (Gen. 1:27) and then
gave him that choice.
Thus, God wants a relationship with man, a personal, intimate
friendship. He wants us, like David, to be "a man after God's own
heart" (Acts 13:22 - "And when he had removed him, he raised
up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony,
and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own
heart, which shall fulfil all my will."), and like Abraham,
"a friend of God" (James 2:23 - "And the
scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was
imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of
Our obedience comes out of that love for Him. This is why Jesus
said in John 14:15 - "If ye love me, keep my
commandments." John points out in 1 John 4:8, that our
knowledge of God must show itself in our becoming like God.
"He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is
love." That relationship with God defines our actions and our
identity. Again in 1 John 3:10, "In this the children of God
are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not
righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his
This is God's goal, and has always been. In Romans 8:29, Paul
says, "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to
be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn
among many brethren." Since before the foundation of the
world, God had planned for Jesus to be both our Savior (1 Jn. 4:14 -
"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son
to be the Saviour of the world.") and our example (1
Pet. 2:21) so that we could be like him, and thus dwell with Him.
God is seeking to return us to the paradise that was on earth
briefly, when God and man walked and talked together, without sin
separating them, in the garden of Eden. And it is to restore this
state that God has planned and worked since before the foundation of
the world, that He might call us back to himself through Christ, to
live with Him forever.
1 Pet. 1:19 - 20 - "But with the precious blood of Christ,
as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was
foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in
these last times for you,"
John 4:23-24 - "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the
true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for
the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they
that worship him must worship him in spirit and in
John 3:16 - "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."
This is what God wants from you. God has given us every good thing
that we have ever experienced, or hope to experience (James 1:17 -
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and
cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness,
neither shadow of turning."). He has blessed us, protected
us, and saved us - are we willing to give Him what He seeks from us in
return? If not, what does that say about us? What sort of people are
we, to spurn the gifts of someone Who loves us so much and has done so
much for us?