Saturday, June 8, 2013

God's Expectation

Carrying a Burden
Heard or read this phrase recently: God isn't looking for something from me right now.

As one who espouses to-do lists and performance, the quote intrigued me.

I agree, God accepts us as we are. So, in this context, we're off the hook from trying to be better or do better or clean up our own act. That's the Holy Spirit's work and as we cooperate, we grow. That's freedom.

But as a lover of God, I believe God is looking for something. He wants me to think about Him. He's the ultimate lovesick Bridegroom. When I "glance" His way (through prayer, thoughts, worship, etc.,) He is undone. (see Song of Solomon 4:9)

And I believe God watches for gratitude. And that we glorify Him.

Just penning these thoughts makes me wonder if my initial reaction of relief to that phrase above was accurate. I believe the original context was of performance-based bondage. That we don't have to perform to be accepted. True. Absolutely.

But I also believe God is looking for growth. Are we learning what He's teaching us?

This is one of those profound moments where circular reasoning can make me dizzy. What do you say? Is God looking for something from us right now? If so, what? If not, what does that mean to you? Freedom? Indifference?

Glad it's okay not to have all the answers. Either way, I know this:

to the praise of the glory of His grace, 
by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. 
(Ephesians 1:6 NKJV)

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mellow roc said...

Hi Annette, From one blogger to another it is nice to get comments and to give them too on occasion. I found you through the seriously write blog, and am new to that, new to self-publishing, and new to the writing world in general. Your post interests me as one who grew up in a "grace alone, faith alone" theology but over the past few years have been influenced by the God loved you now love him back with your obedience to him and decision to be holy as He is holy. I think you capture the balance between these 2 perspectives quite well and in a very few words. Will be back to visit on occasion!

Annette M. Irby said...

Thanks, MR. I think that's what it comes down to. It's His love that changes us, motivates us, and makes us alive. Thanks for visiting!