Episode ThemeServant-Working: Depending on Jesus.
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.
What exactly does God want from us? After all, God made everything so what could we possibly offer to him? Jonah's story can help us understand.
Jonah was a prophet for God. He talked to God a lot and then told the Israelites what he heard from God. One day, God had a different kind of message for Jonah-to go the city of Ninevah and tell the people there that God had enough of their sin and was ready to punish them. How did Jonah react? Did he immediately deliver God's message?
Well, Jonah didn't go to Nineveh. He went the opposite direction-away from Nineveh. You see, Jonah hated the Ninevites. They were enemies of Jonah's people Israel. It took a horrible storm, and three days inside a great fish before Jonah decided to obey God and take God's message to Nineveh.
Jonah didn't want to bring God's message to Nineveh because Jonah knew that if he told the Ninevites about God's punishment, they just might believe him and repent. And Jonah knew that if they repented God would show mercy and forgive them. Jonah wanted no part of giving God's amazing love to the people of . Jonah was willing to give almost everything to God-except his hatred of the Ninevites.
What does God want from us? He wants us to give everything to him-our wants, our desires, our fears, our plans for the future, even our hatred of our enemies. If we really want to follow Jesus, we must be willing to use our lives to build his kingdom-anywhere and in any way that he chooses!