When it comes to every single aspect of our lives, we want return. After working day after day after day, we want a return from our work. This just seems fair. A worker deserves their wages. When we go to a restaurant, when we order something we EXPECT the waiter or waitress to bring us what we ordered. When it comes to the beginning of the year, many people expect a tax return. When we go to training, we expect to get something so we can be a better leader, spouse, parent, employee and so on. We expect a return from almost everything. I want to pose a question. What makes us think God does not want a return from us? Here are 5 sure things that God wants us to return.
This had to be in here because of February. (Guys, Valentines Day is in February and you need to get your wife/girlfriend something.). Think about these two verses. The reality is if you have read these verses before, you will just glance over them. I just ask that you read, think and let it soak in for a minute.
“For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. – John 3:16-17
If God loves us and proved His love for us, He deserves our love back. He wants us to be ALL IN with our relationship with Him. He wants to have a relationship with you more than on Sunday!
I know I already mentioned this but there is another aspect about love that God wants in return. Since He loves us greatly, He wants us to EXTEND His love to other people. Even those who look, talk, act and even sin differently than you. Jesus said people would know we are His children by the way we love other people.
By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:35
How God loves you and I, it should only be natural that we RETURN that not only to God but to others, also. When it comes to loving people who are different than you, are you ALL IN with relationships around you? Like a wise friend said once, you should love the hell out of them!
Oh my gosh! Today, we are alive. Can you imagine how much patience God has toward us? Time after time we mess up. Some of us will tell God how much we love Him but when it comes to us being obedient to what He says, we just don’t always do what we say. God NEVER gives up on us. He is patient. He wants us to have a relationship with Him in such a way that He is patient and waits for you to be ALL IN with your relationship with Him.
“The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9
If God is patient toward us, we should be patient toward other people. I have noticed that when it comes to us, we want grace and patience but when it comes to other people we tend to be hard and fast about things that don’t really matter. Since God is patient toward us, we should return patience by showing other people patience.
Check this out; I have been through a lot in my life. People who were close to me, people I looked up to and people I love have hurt me. I know you can relate to this: Christians have even hurt me. Even looking back at all the crap I have been through, one thing is certain. God IS faithful! God has always been there for me. It didn’t always feel that way but decisions I made led to me to feel that distance. God is faithful and will always be faithful!
God is faithful; you were called by Him into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. – 1 Corinthians 1:9
A faithful person is trustworthy and reliable. Some people make faithfulness a hallmark of their human relationships, but the faithfulness that matters most is the faithfulness we show towards God. God is faithful. He does what He promises to do. Since God is faithful toward us, we should be faithful back. Not only should we RETURN being faithful back to God but we should also return the favor to other people. Are you ALL IN being faithful toward God and others?