Tis 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 gain. Contentment 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