This is an image familiar to many Americans. This visage was used to recruit soldiers for both World War I and World War II. It spoke of patriotism, of going and serving one’s country. And in time, it came to be used in many other instances where such a call to action was desired.

In many ways, this is also what Jesus is saying to you today. He wants you.

But my friend, Jesus does not want you because of what you can do for Him. He does not want you because of what you can give Him. He wants you because… wait for it… of you.

28 times in the Bible He mentioned that He will be your God and you will be His people. And as each mention is listed, let us note what He wants us to do for Him.

“And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” Genesis 17:7-8

He will establish a covenant between Him and us and give us descendants and land as an everlasting possession. Anything demanded from us? No.

“I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.” Exodus 6:7

He will bring us out from under the burdens of our oppressors. Anything demanded from us? No.

“Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.” Exodus 19:5-6

The covenant to which God is referring to is the covenant with Abraham in which all that was demanded was circumcision.

“And God said to Abraham: “As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. This is My covenant between Me and you : Every male child among you shall be circumcised; and you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you.” Genesis 17:9-11

And in return, we become His special treasure, a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. Anything else demanded from us? No.

“But the Lord has taken you and brought you out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be His people, an inheritance, as you are this day.” Deuteronomy 4:20

He has brought us out of trials, the iron furnace, to be His people, an inheritance. Anything demanded from us? No.

“For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.” Deuteronomy 7:6 and Deuteronomy 14:2

He means it so much, we are so treasured, He says it twice. Anything demanded from us? No.

Moving on a little further down the timeline,

“For You have made Your people Israel Your very own people forever; and You, Lord, have become their God.” 2 Samuel 7:24 and 1 Chronicles 17:22

Again, we mean so much to Him, He said it twice. And again, anything demanded from us? No.

“But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” Jeremiah 31:33

He will put His law in our minds and write it on our hearts. He will do the teaching and guiding. Anything demanded from us? No.

“Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “I will gather you from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.”’ And they will go there, and they will take away all its detestable things and all its abominations from there. Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God.” Ezekiel 11: 17-20

He gathers us. He gives us land. He even gives us one heart, a new spirit, so that we may walk in His statues and keep His judgments. That means that the grace and strength to be obedient to Him, He supplies. He even changes our stony heart, which has hardened toward Him, for a heart of flesh. He provides for us all these so that we can walk in rightness with Him and remove the detestable things from the land He has given us. Anything demanded of us? No.

And just in case you are thinking that this is Old Testament material and so it does not apply to us, who live in the New Testament,

“And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” 2 Corinthians 6:16

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.” 1 Peter 2:9-10

He gives us mercy. He called us out of darkness into His light. Anything demanded of us? No. Just that through this, we may be able to proclaim His praises. That is not a demand, that is the result.

And at the end of all time,

“And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.” Revelation 21:3

Clearly, not all 28 mentions were listed but from these, you have a good idea of just how much our Father wants us, just us.

The only time when this was mentioned together with a list of demands was after Israel said; in response to Moses reminding them of God being faithful to His end of His covenant with Abraham; that they would be able to do and obey anything God demands.

“Then all the people answered together and said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.” Exodus 19:8

“All the people spoke at the same time and said, “We will obey everything the Lord says.” Exodus 19:8[GW]

When the people said this, this was the result.

“‘If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and perform them, then I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.” Leviticus 26:3-4

“‘But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments, and if you despise My statutes, or if your soul abhors My judgments, so that you do not perform all My commandments, but break My covenant, I also will do this to you: I will even appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever which shall consume the eyes and cause sorrow of heart. And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.” Leviticus 26:14-16

My friend, God is not interested in what you can do for Him. He did not come to die for the money you can give to Him. Notice Jesus said,

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

Jesus did not say, that whoever believes in Him or does great work for Him or gives Him great amounts of money. No. Just whoever believes in Him.

Beloved child of God, Jesus is interested in you, and only you. And that is why He told Martha in this incident,

“Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”
And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42

My friend, Jesus is interested in you. Not what you can do. Jesus wants you. Not what you can give. Come to Him however you are; whole and healthy, or bruised and battered; Jesus wants you just the way you are. He loves you just the way you are. And please do not break His heart by trying to earn your closeness to Him through your works. There is nothing you can do to make yourself right with Him. Only He, the perfect Son of God can, will and has done it for you.

So come to Him today and rejoice in the salvation that Jesus came to give you. Jesus wants you, and only you.

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