What Do You Want?

RalfieTis the season of lists… lists of what we want.  We ask our children and we think about it ourselves.  What do you want?  We can all recall the screen from A Christmas Story where Alfie climbs up in Santa’s lap and is asked, “What is it that you want?”

I wonder if I am guilty of treating God like Santa Clause?  Do I crawl up in His lap and tell Him my laundry list of needs.  What if God gave me a Psalms 2 offer, ‘Ask of Me, and I will assuredly give [You] the nations as your inheritance, and the ends of the earth as your possession.   What would I say if God asked me… What do I want?

  • Would I ask for MORE?…more than I already have?

This maybe the worst answer to give, but haven’t I been guilty of believing that I would be happier if; I were more fulfilled, more successful, or had more respect? That is greed! Greed never sees things as a gift from God.  Greed actually sees things as a substitute for God.

1 Timothy 6:6 says, But godliness with contentment is great gainContentment is defined as complete satisfaction with what I have.  God gives me so much and yet I have the guts to ask for more.  When am I the most satisfied?  It’s when I am able to do more than what I thought with what I’ve got.

  • Would I ask to DO more?…more important things?

What if what I see as small, God sees as a great opportunity?  Look at Zechariah 4:10 Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin.  And then Luke 16:10 says “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.

I think about the parable of the king who entrusted his servants with talents and the first servant came back with double what he was given.  The master says, Well done, good and faithful servant.  May I never despise anything that God puts in my hand.  What if what I call a trial, God calls a try-out.

  • What if I said, I want YOU more?

John 15:4 tells us Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.  The word Abide is interpreted Stay with Me.  Every morning, whether I listen or not, God says; “Stay with me.”  My response has too often been – I have to go to work.  And then He said, “Take me with you.  I want to be with you all day.” God is saying, I want you to love me more, to want me more.  Psalm 27:8 says My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”

How do we KNOW that we want Him more? It’s simple; we find Him more.  Jeremiah 29:13 says You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Verse 14 is my favorite part, I will be found by you,” declares the Lord.  We find Him at work, at the grocery, in our everyday life.  God does not make us chase Him.  He wants us to pursue Him.  Chase indicates someone who doesn’t want to be caught.  Pursue pertains to someone who wants to be found.  I want my desire for more to change to a desire to want Him more.

What if we asked God, What do You want from me?

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Your Turn: What would you ask for if God gave you a Psalm 2 offer? We would love for you to share below ~ Cindy


2 thoughts on “What Do You Want?

  1. All year long, I’ve been hearing, “What do you want?” from God. I think people may fall into either asking for everything under the sun or never even being able to name their desires. I’m in the later group. But hopefully that’s changing!

    At work, we’ve recently enjoyed a sizable refund on some agency fees, and now we’re in a crunch to spend it wisely on projects that have been on hold for lack of money before the end of the year. It just makes me think that it’s good to know ahead of time what you desire, what you need because we do serve a God that has infinite resources. It’s not always time to receive, but when it is, what a shame to not have a good answer to the question, “What do you want?”

    The answer is a dream. God gives us the desires of our heart, after all. Why is it so hard to trust him to do that? It’s not insignificant, those visions we have for our lives! But I think it’s hard to know the real answer without knowing God, because the desires he gives us will be an expression of who he is in the earth.

    Thanks, Cindy!


    1. Very wise words Joni! I immediately think of the verse in Proverbs Where there is no vision, the people perish. It’s kinda the same thing. I’ve heard it said, if you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.

      I think you’re right Joni. Most fall into the two categories. Gimme, gimme, my name is Jimmy! OR Don’t pay any attention to me, I’ll just drift along and what ever comes may come. I too, have been in the later group for way too long. No vision. Just hoping and wishing, afraid to dream.

      With the New Year almost here AND 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting just around the corner, I plan to write down what God has done for me this past year AND also write where I want to be the his time next year.

      You have not because you ask not, is a verse for people like me!

      Thanks for your comments. You are indeed a wise woman!


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