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Changed: What Does God Want from Me?

by in Soul Food

"And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God." (Colossians 1:10)

What does God want from you, anyway? PlanetWisdom devoted a whole nationwide tour to answering that question a few years ago. Paul gives us a quick laundry list of things God wants from us in these next few verses.

He wants us to live a life worthy of the Lord. It matters to God how we live. True, we've been forgiven for our sins through Jesus, but don't make the mistake of thinking that means God doesn't care what you do next.

He also wants you to make choices that please Him. Some people resent the idea that God would want us to perform for His pleasure. Others are thrilled with the notion that a single human being could do anything to bring positive emotion to the God of the universe.

Think: Do you really believe that your personal moral choices matter to God emotionally? How do your choices reflect your belief?

Pray: Ask God to help you care about making Him happy — and to help you to live a life worthy of Him.

Do: Write down any evidence you can think of from your life recently that shows that you're "bearing fruit" in good works. Next, bullet-point any evidence that you've been "growing in the knowledge of God."

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