Philipians 3: 8-10
Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.
God desires a relationship with us that is born out of love for him, not out of an obligation. Do you have a desire to spend time with God or do you do so because you feel you have to or because you need something from Him.
If you had a child, what kind of relationship would you desire with your child?
Imagine you had children who only came to you when they were hungry or needed money. Or perhaps they came to you only on occasions to fulfil obligations. They rarely spent time with you or asked how you were doing. How will you feel about the relationship?
Most parents would be saddened to realize that they are merely treated as a means to an end. No one enjoys being treated an ATM or a duty. A loving parent would long to spend time with their child just for the sake of loving them and to learn about them.
How much more do you think God loves us than parents love their children. Well, a lot much more. Isa 49:15 Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! As our Heavenly Father, God desires a relationship based on love not needs or obligation.
When the world was created, it wasnt the way it is right now. Adam and Eve had everything they wanted. There was no sin, no death, wickedness or diseases. The world was a perfect place so to speak. The bible says God walked with them. The main reason God created us is for fellowship. To know him and love him.
I used to feel obligated to spend time with God to be a good christian until I learnt about the unconditional love of God and His truth. I didnt have to spend time with him to gain favour with Him. I wanted to know Him and my true identity in Him. As I learn about God’s love for me, the more I want to love him more and get to know him. God is not against us asking for our needs but a relationship based on that is selfish.
True fellowship with God can only be born out of love and a desire to know Him. It cannot be asked of or forced on anyone. When we meditate on God’s love for us in the bible, we come to understand His heart and a desire to know Him more grows.
Where is your heart today? Ask God to give you a heart that truely desires Him for who He is and not for what He can do for you.
Jer 31:3, Matt 6:33, Rev 3:20.