Choosing God is really about convincing God that we’re serious about him, that we’re sincere, 100% genuine, otherwise God will leave us alone.
God will not give us his gifts
He just won’t!
So, how do we convince God that we’re serious, sincere, genuine?
We will convince God that we’re serious, sincere, and genuine by:
1. Praying , spending time with God. In the case of Confirmation by asking God – begging God – to give us the Holy Spirit.
2. By going to Mass… but it needs to be more than just going to Mass, it needs to be a very conscious uniting of ourselves with the priest to raise the very person of Jesus Christ in his one eternal redemptive sacrifice.*
3. By trying to avoid offending God and when we have offended God by apologizing.
4. By actively doing good.
To convince God we will need to do these things over a period of time, we will need to be committed, sincere, and genuine over the long haul.
We will not fool God and there are no shortcuts!
When we’ve proved ourselves to God, when God knows that he can trust us with his gifts , only then will he begin to give them to us… but not a moment before we’ve earned this trust.
When we’ve earned God’s trust (it’s called being faithful) he’ll draw us into intimacy, closeness, into his confidence.
At first, he’ll show us small stuff, little insights, he’ll open the door slightly and let us see inside Heaven, just a little bit… and if we use this small stuff properly he’ll trust us with ever greater and greater things.
In the next session we’ll look at the first of the four essentials in how we choose God: Praying .
*I’ll explain this in Session 4: Mass as prayer.