Does God really want everyone to do their own thing?
We live in a world that in religion, most folks simply want to do their own thing. These same folks will claim that God just wants all believers to get along and worship and walk with God in whatever way they feel in their heart. This morning I want us to explore the question "Does God really want everyone to do their own thing?" We are to simply go on a journey through God’s Word to answer this question.
Deuteronomy 12:8 – each followed an idol
Judges 17:6, 21:25 – they acted as if they did not have God as their King
Jeremiah 10:23 – all need God to direct their steps
Matthew 7:21-29, 15:7-9 – the wise hear and do
John 6:60-69, 8:29 – Jesus always pleases God – Does the teachings of Jesus offend us?
Romans 12:1-2 – transformed rather than being conformed to the world
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 – We cannot do our own thing if we want to live eternally
2 Corinthians 5:9-11 – Paul’s aim was to be well pleasing to God – in our transformation, it should become pleasing to do God’s will. When hard times come we then need to diligently seek to please God.
Galatians 1:6-9 – perversion and distortion of the gospel could come from within our congregation here
1 Thessalonians 4:1 – Paul encourages the Thessalonians to please God
Psalm 119:9-16, 41-48, 169-176 – The proper attitude toward God’s commandments
I think we can see that God’s ways are higher and better than our ways. Is it better to do my own thing or to do what God wants me to do? The answer is God wants us to submit to His Will, because His commandments are best for us! He wants us to please Him! Let us be diligent to follow God’s Will and obey His Commandments!
If you are not a Christian today, we encourage you to submit to Jesus and His way (John 14:6). Repent and be baptized in His name (Acts 2:38). Some say that one is saved without baptism and their sins are taken away before baptism. It is good to be reminded of when one is actually saved from their sins.
Notice Acts 22:16. For three days, the Apostle Paul, after he had seen Jesus on the road to Damascus, had been fasting, praying, and regretting that he had been in opposition to Jesus. Even though he prayed and fasted, he was not in a saved condition and was still in his sins; because baptism is where we are saved and our sins are washed away.
Let us read Acts 22:16 one more time and ask ourselves the question Ananias asked Paul.
Let us always seek to please God! If we can help you now, please make your wishes known and come forward while we stand and sing!