Have you discovered the most important things in life? Years ago, I thought it was possessions and experiences. Boy was I ever wrong. You have heard the phrase, you never know how much you need something until you don’t have it. Well it is true. If you have buried a loved one, you experienced it. They are gone and your heart longs to see them again. Through that and other experiences in life, we can learn that the most important things in life are people and our interactive relationship with them.
Because we are created in the image of God, we are very similar to him. He likewise desires a relationship with us. He doesn’t need our money or any offerings that we choose to give him. He already owns everything. So there is nothing more on this earth that he could need. Understandably, he may need “no thing”, but he does need someone and that someone is you.
God wants to have a relationship with his creations and in that relationship, he wants us to give him something. He wants what is in our hearts.
Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. (Psalms 50:14-15)
He seeks for individuals who are thankful, yielded, who look to him in times of trouble and will glorify his name.
Israel fell into the cold ritualistic mannerisms of their religion and if we are not careful, we can do the same. So, as you assess your relationship with God, don’t count the “good” actions that you offer up to him, but instead focus on the motives behind them. Do they reflect being thankful, yielded, seeking and glorifying?