953 The Criteria for Man’s Obedience to God
1 In measuring whether people can obey God, look mainly at whether they desire anything extravagant from God, whether they have other ulterior intentions. If you are always making demands of God, it proves you do not obey Him, that you are making deals with God, choosing your own thoughts and acting according to them. This is a betrayal and disobedience. There is no sense in making demands of God; if you truly believe that He is God, then you will not dare to make demands of Him, nor will you be qualified to make demands of Him, reasonable or not. If you have true belief in God, and believe that He is God, then you will have no choice but to worship and obey Him.
2 People today not only have a choice, but even choose to impose their intentions on God, attempting to have God act in accordance with their own thoughts, rather than themselves acting in accordance with God’s thoughts. Thus, there is no true belief in God within them, nor the substance that belief contains. When you make fewer demands of God, your true belief and your obedience will increase, and your sense will become comparatively proper. When you are able truly to obey, you will be able to follow Him with one heart and mind, regardless of whether He uses you; you will be able to expend yourself for Him, regardless of whether you have status. Only then will you possess sense and be someone who obeys God.
Adapted from “People Make Too Many Demands of God” in Records of Christ’s Talks