But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8, NIV*
I was reminded recently that we come to God, not to get hold of Him but so He may get hold of us, speak to us, lead and direct us, and do His work in and through us.
At first this seems like two sides of the same coin: we reach out to Him, He reaches out to us. Both are needed.
But who reached first? Who initiated the relationship? Scripture says it was God.
If I’m focused on what I see, what I choose to do “for Him,” that seems to place me higher. If the focus is on Him, asking what does He see, what does He want to do through me, then He’s revealed in the position of power and authority.
It’s not about me doing things for God, it’s about Him: what does He want to do through me? Through you?
Father, I praise You for Your grace that makes us worthy to stand in Your presence, and for Your love which seeks us, finds us and changes us. Help us to seek first Your kingdom and righteousness, and to love You above all.
This is the Chara Christian Dance Company 2007-2008 interpreting Todd Agnew‘s song, “Reached Down“.
*New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
I so agree Joanna and your post is a twin with mine of today in its spirit. It always jars with me when I hear of people saying they will do this or that “for God.” He doesn’t need us to do anything for him but, yes, he wants to work through us. 🙂
Funny how God will impress different people with the same message, but in different ways. That’s when I know He’s speaking to me: I start seeing the same thing everywhere.
I think the attitude He wants from us is trust and confidence, like a sunflower turning its face always toward the sun.