But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
(Matthew 6:33 ESV)
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2 ESV)
Many of us have a tendency to seek God for self-centered reasons. We all want God to fix our problems. But God desires that we embrace him not as a “fixer” but as our all consuming passion. Prayer and Bible study are not just spiritual activities that are an end in themselves. Fellowship or seeking the face of God should be the main focus of our lives. Being with God should be our goal. Living in the Kingdom of God is living intentionally in his presence. Change only comes when we abandon all of our preconceived ideas about God as some sort of ‘Cosmic Santa Claus,’ and embrace him as the way, the truth, and the life..
As hard as we may try, we can’t conform God into our image. He will not be used or manipulated to just make our present situation easier. The Father calls us to come into the community of the Trinity, and to be conformed into the image of Jesus. God is not trying to fix us, he is in the process of transforming our inner-self, so that our life can be swallowed up by his life. God’s transforming presence comes as we abide in Jesus. We don’t have the ability to change ourselves.
We can easily drift into idolatry when we try to get God to work with us, instead of allowing him to work in us. Sometimes our pursuit of God is fueled by wrong motives, pride, and a kind of “self worship.” Our extreme desire for the approval of others is a sure sign we have not embraced God’s acceptance. All of our spiritual posturing with God must be done in a spirit of humility, and obedience to the truth, that God has revealed about himself. It’s easy to deceive ourselves about believing the truth about God, while we reject him with our actions. God is a relational being, and we must relate to him on his terms.