So you’re looking for God. You think you know where to find Him – and you’re doing what you can to look for Him. You try to pray, you try to read a bit from the Bible, and you’re trying to meet some friends who believe in God too.
But what do you want to get from your relationship with God? Why did you decide to look for Him in the first place? We all know that relationships have to go two ways – its not just about what we can get from God, its about what we can do for Him as well – but quite often the motivating factor for us human beings is what benefits we personally will gain from our actions.
Yes, it may sound selfish that we are looking for God because we want to know what he can give us, but this is not a material desire along the lines of looking for a new car. We have an inbuilt need for meaning, for hope, and for reassurance that there’s more to life than this. That’s why people start looking for God – to find out the truth.
Once again, let’s have a look at the Bible. After all, the Bible is God’s thoughts written down, so somewhere in there it’s bound to say what He can offer us:
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10)
This is something that Jesus says, and we know that Jesus’ purpose was to do his Father’s work. The work of God involved sending his son to die for us, in order that we can have a chance of eternal life. Not only that, but the verse above implies to me that we will receive blessings in this life if we follow God and do what He asks.
Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. (Luke 12:32)
Jesus tells us that God is going to give us His kingdom! From other places in the Bible we learn that this kingdom is going to be set up on earth, following the second coming of Jesus and the resurrection, and that the world will be transformed into a beautiful place, where we can live and reign with Jesus for eternity.
So what can God give us? Blessings in this life, and eternal life in His kingdom – that makes it worthwhile putting the effort into looking for God with our whole heart, soul, mind and strength.