It’s nice to be saved and living for God but what is salvation without a willing heart to do what God says to do? Many times we plan this perfect life out for us and then we get saved and God completely “wrecks” our plans, but how is He wrecking them when He knows what’s best for us? Are you willing to abandon your plans to do God’s will?
Sometimes yes God will tell us to do things that we don’t want to do. For example, my mom didn’t let us have a lot of candy growing up because she didn’t want us to get any cavities. I’m 22 now and I still don’t have any. Parents want the best for us and God is our parent and He also wants the best for us.
(Genesis 22:12- “Lay down the knife; don’t hurt the lad in any way,” the Angel said, “for I know that God is first in your life—you have not withheld even your beloved son from me.”)
God was first in Abraham’s life because he didn’t withhold his son from God and we’re also first in God’s life because He didn’t withhold His son from us.
(Matthew 8:17- This fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, “He took our sicknesses and bore our diseases.”)
God was willing to sacrifice His son for our salvation, Jesus was willing to die on the cross for us. Jesus was willing to heal us. (Mark 1:40-42- Once a leper came and knelt in front of Him and begged to be healed. “If you want to, you can make me well again,” He pled. And Jesus, moved with pity, touched him and said, “I want to! Be healed!” Immediately the leprosy was gone—the man was healed!)
The prophets were very brave. Most of the people in the Old Testament were living in rebellion and sin so they were always trying to kill God’s prophets. Would you still preach the Gospel if people wanted to kill you for it? They did.
We’re not supposed to think of God as this tyrant who gives us a bunch of rules because He doesn’t want us to have fun. No, God is a loving God who wants the best for us. I was saved when I was a kid but when I got older I just felt like Christians couldn’t do anything and we just had to follow a bunch of rules. I didn’t realize that with salvation you’re more free than an unsaved person. I didn’t even know that I was a slave to my own sin. I was in bondage and I didn’t even realize until after I gave my life to Christ.
When you truly love God you’ll want to obey Him. Not in the old way, mechanically obeying a set of rules, but in the new way, with all of your hearts and minds. (Romans 7:6)
Pretend I have $100. Are you willing to give me your phone case for it? Are you willing to give me your jacket for it? Well pretend this $100 is a first class ticket to heaven, that’s what salvation is. Are you willing to do whatever it takes to get to heaven. Are you willing to do what God says to do to get there? Heaven is way more important than this $100. Focus on heavenly riches before earthly riches. (Colossians 3:1-2- Since you became alive again, so to speak, when Christ arose from the dead, now set your sights on the rich treasures and joys of heaven where He sits beside God in the place of honor and power. Let heaven fill your thoughts; don’t spend your time worrying about things down here.) (Matthew 6:19-21- “Don’t store up treasures here on earth where they can erode away or may be stolen. Store them in heaven where they will never lose their value and are safe from thieves. If your profits are in heaven, your heart will be there too.)
Are you willing? Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son, God was willing to sacrifice His Son, Jesus was willing to sacrifice His life, and the prophets in the Old Testament were willing to sacrifice their life for God. Don’t let anyone or anything keep you away from God, be willing to give your life to Him just like He was willing to give His Son’s life for us. Be willing to do whatever it is God tells you to do, just Jesus was willing to obey God and die on the cross for us.