What has God done for us? That is the question that many ask when confronted with the Gospel. Some choose to never obey because they do not believe God has done anything – others see God as an inactive being who, though He is the apparent impetus behind creation, remains aloof of His creation. But the very first words of Genesis 1:1 speak of an entirely different God. “In the beginning God…” These words tell us of a god who acts, who takes initiative, who creates, speaks, and intimately involves Himself in the affairs of the world beneath Him. The Bible is, in fact, the religion of an initiating god. “Before man existed, God acted. Before man stirs himself to seek God, God has sought man. In the Bible, we do not see man groping after God; we see God reaching after man. Many people visualize a god who sits comfortably on a distant throne, remote, aloof, uninterested, and indifferent to the needs of mortals, until, it may be, they can badger Him into taking action on their behalf. Such a view is wholly false” (Basic Christianity, Stott, p. 11). Long before man thinks to seek God, before it even occurs to him, the Father is actively seeking him. God takes the initiative, leaves His throne, and stoops to our level so that He might lift us up.
In no way is God a passive force in our universe. He took the initiative in creation (Genesis 1:1). He took initiative in revelation of His will (Hebrews 1:1). He took initiative in salvation (Romans 5:6-8). “Even when we were dead in our transgressions, [God] made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 2:5-6). He takes the initiative in baptism (Titus 3:4-6).
What has God done for you lately?
God Has Created You
We seem to forget how very much we need God, even in the most basic way. Without His creative force, we would not exist. We owe our lives to Him. Every time we breathe, every glass of water we drink, every night of sleep, every sunset, every meal – our lives are in His hands. We owe to Him to seek after Him. For as much as He does for us, is it really that much to worship, love, and obey the Heavenly Father? We could not have created ourselves, and we cannot create anything new now (Ecclesiastes 1:10).
God Has Spoken To You
“Man is an insatiably inquisitive creature. His mind is so made that it cannot rest. It is always prying into the unknown. He pursues knowledge with restless energy. His life is a voyage of discovery. He is always questing, exploring, investigating, and researching. When man’s mind begins to concern itself with God (apart from revelation), it is baffled. It gropes in the dark. Nor is this surprising, because God, whatever or whoever He may be is infinite, while we are finite creatures. He is altogether beyond our comprehension. Therefore our minds, though wonderfully effective instruments—cannot immediately help us here. They cannot climb up into the infinite mind of God (Isaiah 55:8-9; Jeremiah 10:23). And so the situation would have remained if God had not taken the initiative to remedy it. Man would have remained forever agnostic, asking indeed with Pontius Pilate, ‘What is truth?’ He would be a worshipper, for such is his nature; but all his altars would be inscribed, like the one in Athens, ‘To an unknown god’” (Stott, pp. 12-13).
God will never leave us in the dark without answers. He longs to reveal to us what we need – and it is only our stubborn, unrelenting, dull hearts that prevent us from hearing every word of life (Hebrews 5:11-14). Friends, we need His words. No words will guide us as His do. In them we have everything we need (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We have insights into the mystery of Christ (Ephesians 3:3-5).
God Has Acted On Your Behalf
“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). “It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost” (1 Timothy 1:15).
Responding to God
“Seek, and you will find” says the Lord in Matthew 7:7. Remember that Paul noted, “That they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us” (Acts 17:27). Keep in mind that your spiritual life is in your hands. God is seeking you, calling to you, acting on your behalf – but you have to be the one to take His help. His hand is outstretched to each of us for every moment that we breathe, but if we refuse to accept it, the loss of our souls to eternal damnation will be on our own shoulders. Each of us alone will carry our burdens to Hell. The fact is that seeking God is worth it!
We must seek Him diligently
“Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able” (Luke 13:24). Do not give up and compromise. Seek God until you find Him, not until you get tired of looking. Seek Him until you have made yourself what He wants you to be, not until you become what you think you should be.
Seek Him Humbly
Pride is a great hindrance to those seeking God. It is one of the reasons that Christ loves children so much: they are teachable. We need to be like children in our attitudes toward God (1 Corinthians 14:20, Luke 18:16-17) – innocent, open, humble, receptive, and never self-important and critical. Realize that you do not know as much as you think and accept criticism and advice with honesty.
Seek Him Honestly
Many people come to the Bible with their minds already made up. Having an open mind, however, allows us to receive the Word with a mind toward the truth. The person who believes he knows everything is the person who knows the least! “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).
Seek Him Without Fear
Do not be afraid of admitting you are in sin. Do not fear the knowledge of the truth. The Bible is not meant to scare us, but to produce a life without fear. The individual who makes his life right in the sight of God has no fear (Matthew 10:28). The fearful will not be tolerated by God (Revelation 21:8).
Make a decision and act!
“That a decision is necessary in order to become a Christian is an idea quite foreign to many people. Some imagine that they are already Christians because they were born in a Christian country. We cannot remain neutral. Nor can we drift into Christianity. Nor can anybody else settle the matter for us. We must decide for ourselves. We may concede that the evidence for the deity of Jesus is compelling, even conclusive, and that He was in fact the Son of God; we may believe that He came and died to be the Savior of the world; we may also admit that we are sinners and need such a Savior. But none of these things makes us Christians” (Stott, p. 121). God needs more than simple intellectual agreement or a belief in facts (John 12:42-43). He wants commitment (Matthew 19:16-22).