I Will Be Their God
Jeremiah 32:38: And they shall be my people, and I will be their God:
Those two promises are locked together. If individuals are not His people, He is not their God. Many people wouldn*t mind if He was their God but they don*t want to be His people. They don*t want to be God*s people because they know that God*s people are different and they don*t want to be different. Satan does not want them to associate with us Christians because they might learn that being different is a blessing. It is up to us to find ways to show them that being God*s people is a blessing. (with the Lord*s help)
They are willing to be His people in many respects but they don*t want to be His people in that they don*t want to obey Him. They would probably not admit it but they want Him to obey them. They want to obey themselves. They don*t want to be His people, they want to be their own people. They want to lean on their own understanding.
John 10:27: My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
There are many that would like to have the blessings of being His sheep but they don*t want to follow Him.
1 Corinthians 6:19: What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
There are many that don*t want to be God*s because they would rather be their own. Desire to own themselves is their reason for rejecting Jesus. Of those that I have shared the gospel with I have only met one young man that was honest enough to admit that the reason he was not willing to receive Jesus was that he wanted to continue going his own way. He understood that if he received Jesus he wouldn*t be able to do that. Most people who reject Jesus are liars. They lie about the reason they are unwilling to receive Him. They won*t admit they reject Jesus because they don*t want to follow Him. They don*t just lie to us and to the Lord. They lie to themselves.
It can be difficult for us to continue loving them and praying for them when they lie to us, but we MUST do those things. I have heard very few testimonies of people who received Jesus the very first time they heard the gospel. I wonder how many times I lied to myself, the people who shared the gospel with me and to the Lord before I finally received Jesus? I remember a number of Christians who were obviously disgusted with me after I had refused to hear them. The Lord was patient with me and I need to be patient with those that I share the gospel with.
No one really knows how wonderful it is to be God*s until they actually ARE His. Have you come to know how wonderful it is to be His? And how wonderful it is to obey Him?