God’s Purpose Requires Response

June 6, 2017

We cannot go through life passively if we want to live in accord with God’s purposes. If we are passive, opportunities to join in the work of God will pass us by.

Now that you know your purpose is designed and given by God, it’s time you become active by living according to it. Quite simply, His purpose is that you obey Him. If it’s in the Bible, it’s part of God’s purpose. Acknowledging God’s purpose and yielding to it is not simply mental. It requires your mouth, your heart, and your feet.

In Matthew 21:28–32 Jesus explained the requirement for active responses. The point of His story is clear: while it’s great to say the right thing, in the end it’s more important that you actually follow through. Doing the will of God means just that—going beyond words and actually doing what He says.

The Bible’s emphasis on words and actions, belief and works, points to the fact that our relationship with God involves our entire being. He doesn’t just want us to think true thoughts about Him. And He doesn’t just want people mindlessly or soullessly going through the motions of good works. No, we were created by God as complex creatures, with bodies and minds and the spiritual capacity for a relationship with God Himself. And in that relationship, God calls forth active responses.

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