Do You See God As A Butt-Kicker Or A Blessing-Giver?

Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

The one thing you must have in order to please God is faith. Not works. Not morality. Not reputation, but a deep trust in God, his promises, and his character. It is important to note that the writer of Hebrews stated that it is not enough to believe that God simply exists. I think this is where most Christians find themselves. They believe God exists, that he is powerful, and they believe he has made them in right standing with him. But when it comes to applying faith to their own life they see God as a tyrant, not a loving, grace-giver, promise-keeper, and reward-giver. In essence they say they are a Christ-follower, but they live like an atheist. They don’t live like he really exists.

How you see God – what you believe about him – is the most important thing about you. If you live under the burden of guilt-driven Christianity, under the Law, and under the power of your own works, then you will see God as a difficult taskmaster. You will see him as angry. He will be on the verge of erupting with wrath toward you at any moment.

But if, on the other hand, you see him as having poured out his wrath for all of our sins on Jesus through his death on the cross, then you will see him differently. If you understand just how amazing God’s grace is, then your view of God is different. If you understand that nothing you have ever done or ever will do in the future can or will earn you God’s favor but that it is freely, generously, and extravagantly given, then you can begin to see God as the rewarder of those who seek him. It is a powerful shift in our thinking.

We please God through trusting him. The more we trust his love, his grace, his word, and his promises the more it builds our faith. That leads to being closer to him and pleasing him even more. Which leads to blessings in our lives. If you are thinking that this is all his doing and that it really does not depend on your performance, then you are starting to get it. You are starting to see him not just as being there, but he that is a rewarder who loves you beyond your wildest imagination.