How We Should Respond to God
It is so amazing that people get saved and sit in church year after year, but they still don't know how they should respond to God based on what Jesus did for them on the cross. It is also so sad that people spend a lot of time serving the wrong god without making the one and only true God the center of their lives. It is so surprising that some people never read the Bible to discover what God wants as a response. Instead, they live their lives based on wrong assumptions of what they think God wants as a response.
So, how should we respond to God for what His Son did for us? Jesus displayed His love for us on the cross. Therefore, we should definitely respond to Him appropriately.
Three Ways to Respond to God
If you want to know how you should respond to God for allowing His Son to die on the cross for you, then start by reading Hebrews 10. That one chapter gives three ways to respond to God the way He wants you to respond to Him.
The Book of Hebrews begins by reminding readers that the Old Testament was full of sacrifices to atone for sin. However, after Jesus became the ultimate sacrifice on the cross, there was no more need for animal sacrifices. Up until Jesus' death, that law was just a shadow of the good things to come, according to Hebrews 10:1. Jesus was the perfect sacrifice that paid the debt for the people who believe in Him, His death and His resurrection.
Hebrews 10:22-24 give three invitations to respond to God. They all begin with “let us” phrases. That is an indication that the invitation is for everyone and not just for one individual.
Hebrews 10:22 - The First Invitation
The first invitation is to "draw near to God." God wants us to be up close and personal with Him. He wants us to draw near to God because He is omnipresent which means He is always there.
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith. (Hebrews 10:22)
God wants us to establish a close fellowship with Him. Embedded within the invitation is the assurance that you can enter into His presence and He will be there. You are free to enter into His presence. You should have no doubt, shame, fear or guilt that you are not worthy. Accept the first invitation to draw near to God. Then you will be ready to accept the second invitation.
Hebrews 10:23 - The Second Invitation
After drawing near to God, the second invitation is to "hold fast to the confession of your hope."
"Let us hold fast to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful." (Hebrews 10:23)
What does it mean to hold fast to something? It means to catch onto something and never let go. It is clinging tightly to something and never allowing anyone or anything to make you waver. That is easy to do when you know that God has your best interest in mind. We can accept the second invitation to hold fast to God by never letting go of our hope that is rooted in God's faithfulness.
Notice that it is God's faithfulness and not ours. God is faithful and all of His promises are "Yea" and "Amen" (2 Corinthians 1:20). Interestingly, as we hold fast to the faithful promises of God, the pleasures of the world that were once very strong will slowly fade away.
Hebrews 10:24 - The Third Invitation
The first two invitations involve our relationship with God. The third invitation involves our relationship with people. It says, "Consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds." We should consider one another as we draw near to God and hold fast to Him.
"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds." (Hebrews 10:24)
Sometimes you might think you are the only one Jesus died for, but Jesus died for everyone, including those who are saved by the blood of the Lamb and those who need you to get saved. Those who are saved should consider others and encourage them to get saved.
We should remind them to draw near and to hold fast. After all, we know what it is to be far away from God. Others need to know what you know.
Based on what you have just read, consider these three things from Hebrews 10:22-24.
- Draw near to God.
- Hold fast to God's faithfulness.
- Spur others on to love and good works.
When you have done those things, then you have fulfilled God's invitations to respond to Him.