How many times do we see people getting all dressed up to worship God on a Sunday morning with their bible in hand? Such a beautiful sight. Right? It can be when the church they attend is the church which Christ built, and the gospel and doctrine they teach belongs to Christ and his apostles. Yet, God wants so much more from us. What does Christ want from each of us beyond worshiping Him in Spirit and in Truth? (Jn 4:23,24).
Jeremiah wrote, “I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings” (Jer 17:10). Our time here on earth is much more complex than most have ever conceived. ” The psalmist David said, “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever” (1 Chron 28:9). Bottom line, God is watching us and wants to get to know us, inside and out. God not only wants to know if you obey him, but why you obey him.
God knows all will sin at one time or another, but what he wants to know is why we do what we do. A man kills another, but the “Intent” can be the difference between self defense or cold blooded murder. A man steals, but the “Intent” is the difference can be between stealing for hunger or from greed. The same is applied to why we obey the gospel of Christ. Was it because we were pressured into it, or because we genuinely believed Jesus is the Christ and that we were a sinner in search of salvation?
Once you become a Christian God is going to try you in many ways. Persecution will come your way (2 Tim 3:12). Temptations will knock on your door. The good new is that if we endure persecutions and if we overcome temptations, we will receive a crown of life (Jam 1:12).