I Like God and I Want to Spend Eternity with Him

by Rex Rouis

This may sound odd, but I like God. I like everything about Him. I want to go to Heaven to be with Him, and not because I don’t want to go to Hell. I would choose Heaven even if there were no Hell. God, or anybody else, does not have to scare the Hell out of me to get me to choose Heaven. My hand goes up on its own.

I was sitting in my study couch the other day, and I say ‘in’ my couch and not ‘on’ it because that’s the kind of couch it is. I call it my nest. It is my quiet safe place. As usual, I had all my favorite Bible study things around me, and I suddenly had the thought, “I like God. I honestly like doing this.” It’s a funny thought really – liking God. I mean, why wouldn’t you like God? But sadly, many do not.

I like Him. I like his ways. I like what He likes. And, most of all, I like spending time with Him. It is the best part of my day. He is my God and my Best Friend. I think it’s amazing that I can personally interact with the God of the universe. Me, a normal guy, sitting in a normal house, can communicate freely with the one Eternal God. I just can’t fathom it. And what is even more amazing, is that He enjoys my company. I sure don’t know why. I have nothing to offer except my honest enjoyment of Him, but then again what else do friends need? I appreciate His attention.

I like God. I like everything about Him.
If I had the choice between God’s holy Heaven and the world’s image of a bliss filled utopian Age of Aquarius Nirvana future, I would choose Heaven hands down. Why would I pretend to be a god when I can be with the real God? The world’s view of eternal goodness is similar to God’s Heaven yet without the God of Heaven. That is shallow and empty, for it is God alone that can satisfy our souls. How can one remain satisfied for all eternity with any one thing or person? I don’t understand how, but if anybody can pull it off, I’m sure God can.

I am beginning to believe that the grand purpose of the Gospel is not to bring justice to this world, but instead, to choose a just people for the next world. Life is this test. The things of this life are meant to sort out those who do not like Him and don’t gravitate toward Him from those who do. Of course, God could reveal Hell to each of us and drive us to Him, but why would He want to? God doesn’t want a people who have been forced to spend eternity with Him. He chooses a people who have freely chosen Him, both by their word and their actions.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, to proclaim the virtues of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.… I Peter 2:9, 10 Berean Study Bible

The grand purpose of the Gospel is not to bring justice to this world, but instead, to choose a just people for the next world.
We all have ups and downs, and at times we may be confused about why things turn out the way they do, but through it all, believers are being pulled in God’s direction, and all the others, in the other direction. Some people simply do not want to spend any amount of time with Him, much less an eternity. That is a hard truth, but it is the truth. In this regard, my concern is for worldly Christians. Most of them would rather do anything than spend time with God. They accept Him into their heart but then don’t have the desire to spend time with Him. I am frightened for them. If there is no desire to spend time with Him now, why would anybody desire to spend time with Him later – and for eternity? There has to be more that drives a person to God than the allure of goodness or the fear of torment.

God desires faith, and the thing about faith is that it takes time to develop. Jesus said, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine: and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:31, 32). He said this to people who already believed in Him. Apparently, a superficial believing is not enough to receive from God. Hearing from God is the basis of faith (Romans 10:17), and hearing takes seeking and seeking takes time. Those that continue on with Him are the ones who hear and receive their answers. And not only do they receive answers but each time they receive something from Him they receive a little more of Him. The process of faith is the process by which we all become more like God. It is the win-win process of God, and He calls it salvation. In the end – in the eternal end – He is the real prize of faith.

“I like God. I honestly like doing this.”
God is not a church and He is not a religion. He is not just the creator of the universe or the One who wrote the Bible. He is a Person. He is a Person who enjoys spending time with other persons. This is why He created ‘persons,’ normal people like you and me. He created us in His image and likeness so we could relate to Him and be with Him. The purpose and goal of the Gospel is to get us to a place where we can have a special eternal friendship with Him.

So now Jesus and the ones he makes holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters. Hebrews 2:11 New Living Translation

Jesus is not ashamed to call us family. What a Gift. What an honor. And what a relief! We will be a Family forever. And remember, there is nothing after forever. There is nothing better than that in all the universe.

Comments

  1. Dear All, my 45 year old son is looking for a job. He was 2 chapters away from having his Ph.D at Regent University when he ran out of loan money. For a few years he got off track and, I think through depression and fatigue and during those years got 2 DUIs in Tn. He has done jobs which require him to work 60 and 70 hours a week for years at the lowest pay level and can’t seem to “get a break” with a decent company because of his record. Now, one is available but others are also being considered. He is intelligent, hard working and doing everything he can to get this and other jobs. Please pray with me about this. He is supposed to get an answer about the job this week or Monday at the latest. He worked there for 3 weeks in a temporary position and has 2 supervisors “batting” for him. They told him he did the job “almost perfectly,” and really want him to have a full-time position. Please pray that God will grant him favor with this other supervisor and bless him with this job. He has tried so hard. I appreciate your prayers so very much. Thank you, Rex, for all your encouraging words. I read sections every day of your work and Love the Lord with all my heart. Thank you for being here for me. I have leukemia, but, I’ll be just fine. Thank you for your prayers. God bless you all. Kate.

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      Kate – Father we reach into Heaven on behalf of Kate’s son. We are agreeing and believing for the supernatural favor of God to lay on him in Jesus Name. We thank you for the mercy and grace of God all over him and his situation. We speak a profound blessing on him in Jesus Name. We also speak peace and wisdom on all his dealings and negotiations on the new job in Jesus Name. There is an attractive pull on him that is irresistible. He will get this job with good pay in Jesus Name.

      Kate, we love you and we speak healing to your body in Jesus Name. I curse any and all discomfort in Jesus Name. You ‘have been’ healed by the power of God in Jesus’ Name and in His blood.

      We love you and we love your successful and fulfilled son in Jesus Name!! Rex

  2. Rex, you have inspired me. I had that zest to attend church every Sunday and loved visiting other churches. Lately I got depressed and stopped enjoying almost all things, but I still attend Church. It is my safe haven. I am asking all to pray for me as the spirit of depression and anxiety moves out of me. In Jesus’ Great Name! AMEN!

  3. I love the simplicity of this. This is how the gospel should be seen. It pulls a chord in me. God bless you. Thank You Lord.

  4. I have learned the hard way and over time to like God and desire heaven just as you have described. I loved reading what you wrote. It goes straight to where my heart is today. Praise God for being my best friend too!

  5. Thank you Rex, you vocalized my feelings so accurately! I love God! I like being with Him! He makes me happy! I want nothing more, than to be with Him! He is everything to me!
    Love from Texas
    Evie Rice

  6. Love you Rex and stay strong in your love for God. You have no idea how this site has helped me over the years. Practically built my Christianity from scratch. Thanks. May the Lord bless you and all the readers of this God inspired site.

  7. Yes; I love God too. It is interesting to see how I got from being Christian in name only to being ardently Christian. I believe that many things helped me along the way, but none so much as praise music. It seems like music put passion into my friendship with God. I sing, and I have taken on the spirit of the songs I listen to and sing. I stopped listening to rock, which is what I grew up with. It serves no purpose compared to praise music.

    1. I see myself in this. I grew up without real love for music, but then rock music came along, thank God, he took me out of that ditch too. Wooooooow, I thank You Bro Rex, that is a tremendous PIECE, Wooooow. I pray for such a longing for God, God bless you Bro.

  8. Agreed! I remember the day I realzed what a privilege it is to be able to worship God and I am so thankful for it. Blessings

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