What does God look for in us?
This is a very challenging question and will include a variety of different answers. Some of us will include thoughts such as 'devotion', 'surrender', 'moral purity', 'worship' etc. In Paul's letter to the Romans he says:"No, a real Jew is anyone whose heart is right with God. For God is not looking for those who cut their bodies in actual body circumcision, but he is looking for those with changed hearts and minds. Whoever has that kind of change in his life will get his praise from God, even if not from you." - Romans 2:29
This seems to indicate that God is looking for our hearts and minds to be changed through his Spirit. If God can see this kind of change, then God will be pleased.
As we remember the anniversary of John Wesley's 'changed heart', let us be thankful for the way God encounters us and is always willing to bring about transformation in our lives. Here are some quotes from John Wesley:
The church changes the world not by making converts but by making disciples.
I have never known more than fifteen minutes of anxiety or fear. Whenever I feel fearful emotions overtaking me, I just close my eyes and thank God that He is still on the throne reigning over everything and I take comfort in His control over the affairs of my life.
Let your words be the genuine picture of your heart.
Living in Grace