Commentary By: Gordon King
We were put here on this earth not for our own pleasure but for God’s pleasure and good will. God created us in His own image, He created us both male and female, He created us so that we would serve Him, so that we would honor Him, so that we would love Him!
We were not put here on this earth for the purpose of fulfilling our own desires, but the will of God! Not that there is anything wrong with fulfilling our desires, unless of course they go against the will of God. There is nothing wrong with enjoying pleasures in life, God gave us pleasures to enjoy. But when these pleasures become our main focus in life then they become a problem with God, when they get in the way of worshiping God, then they are a distraction and a bad thing, they become idols!
We were put here to worship, honor, trust, and give thanks to God, we were put here to love God! God created us because He loves us. There may be other reasons that we don’t know about, God’s mind and heart is infinite, and there are things that we just don’t know about God because we cannot understand them.
Things in this world will not always be the same, they change, they fluctuate. But God is always the same, never-changing, never fluctuating. This world will endure both good times and bad times, and we will also endure the same. There will be times in this world that will become very dark, yet we are still called to love God, to honor Him, to trust Him, to worship and thank Him! No matter what happens in this world, we are always to worship God.
Worshiping God takes precedence over pleasure, it takes precedence over our own will and desires. Whatever our life is like at the time, whether it be good or bad we are to worship and love God with all of our heart!
As believers in Jesus Christ we are to pick up our cross and follow Him, this means to perform His will on earth not our own. And if we follow Him then our will should fall in line with His will.
Walking with God means to be walking in the spirit, and walking in the spirit means to be walking by the Spirit, by the leading of the Holy Spirit. It means to be trusting in God, listening to God, talking to God, and obeying God. The Holy Spirit will give us discernment of right and wrong, between good and evil spirits, in making good decision and bad decisions. And when we walk with God then we will be in His will.
However, we are still living in bodies made of flesh, we still have the sin nature within us, the apostle Paul speaks about this in the book of Romans.
“For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.
21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!“
We can still sin and we all do still sin, it’s a battle between the flesh and the spirit. We all struggle with this battle, and we must overcome the flesh with the spirit as to not fall away from God. Sinning separates us from God, it drives a wedge between our relationship with God, but if we are born-again it does not keep us from God, two different things! However, if we want a close relationship with God then we must follow the spirit and not the flesh.
God loves us so much, and He knew that we would still sin, therefore He has forgiven us of all sins. We are continuously being cleansed of our sin, it is an ongoing act of love, mercy, and forgiveness from God, but only if we are born-again! However, this does not mean that we should go on sinning, on the contrary, we should seek a life without sinning, a life that is pleasing to God. This does not mean that we will be perfect, that we won’t mess up, or that we will never sin again, all of us will. But it does mean not to knowingly live a sinful lifestyle, not to twist the word of God to fit our life, but to twist our life so that it fits the will of God! The penalty of sin is death, and Jesus Christ paid that price for us on the cross, He bore all of our sins, past, present, and future, took them all upon Himself, that’s billions and billions of people’s sins all upon Himself, all at once! That’s a heavy burden to bear, and I can understand why Jesus said on the cross before His death: “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?“.
Jesus Christ became our sin in order for us to have eternal life with Him forever! He loves us that much, and He wants us to be with Him forever in eternity, but also here now while we are living on this planet and in the world. Sin doesn’t always seem so bad, in fact, at times it seems rather pleasurable and enjoyable, and it often is. But it always comes with a price to pay, and this is what Satan and his demons fail to tell us. Sin may seem innocent, it may seem like a good thing, and it is to the world, but to God it is evil, wicked, an abomination, and rebellion to Him. Sin often starts out small and seemingly innocent, but it always grows into more sin, it festers like a cancer until it is all-consuming! We don’t always see it that way, but God does, He knows what is good for us and what is not, and this is why He tells what is righteous and what is wicked and evil, it’s all for our own good.
Even though as believers we have been forgiven of all sins we still have consequences of our sins, we will suffer what we sow in this world, we will pay the consequences for our thoughts and our actions. We reap what we sow, this is a universal principle of God, it is a law. When we sow sin we reap bad things, but when we sow righteousness then we reap good things! However I do believe that God will make all things work together for the good of those that love Him, all who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). With that being said, we will still suffer the consequences of our sin, for our own good.
We are here for God, this is why we were created, it’s all for His good will. We are supposed to be following God, His ways, His laws, His will. This is who we are as children of God, it is who we were created to be. We are to love God with all of our heart, to put Him first before all things, and if we are doing so then we are following God, we are walking with God, we are helping the needy, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, we are performing good works in His name, for the purpose of His good will. We will be kind and tender-hearted, peaceful, loving, forgiving, merciful, and comforting to others, this is God’s will for us. We are to share God’s love with a hurting world, to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, to give a testimony of our faith and our salvation.
Be ready at all times to give a testimony of your faith, know how to share the gospel, live peaceably with all men if possible, and above all things love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, and mind! Give Him thanks in all things, give Him praise and worship, come to Him with all of your troubles, seek Him in all things. This is the righteous and acceptable will of God!
You may feel unworthy to do all of these things, but guess what? All of us are unworthy! None of us are worthy enough to be saved, no, not one. It isn’t what we do or have done, it is all by the grace of God! But we can build a better relationship with God by what we do, how we think, and what is in our heart. This is what it’s all about my friends, a personal relationship with God, it’s not a religion at all, but a relationship with the One who created us!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!