“Though good advice lies deep within the heart, a person with understanding will draw it out.” Proverbs 20:5 NLT
I love that Jesus’ main tool of teaching was asking questions. Here you have the master of the universe, the creator, and knower of all things, asking finite people questions to teach them about life, about God and about loving well.
For instance, Jesus asked people,
- Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your lifespan? (Matt 6:27)
- What did you go out to the desert to see? (Matt 11:8)
And probably one of my favorites…
- What do you want me to do for you? (Matt 20:32)
I love this question because you and I don’t ask it enough. Truthfully, Jesus isn’t a vending machine, but he encourages you to be honest with yourself and with him and ask for want you want.
It feels selfish. It feels petty. And often times, because of our skewed view of what’s truly important in life, the answer is self-serving.
Yet I challenge those who would wart it off as not putting God first. If you are a Christ follower, your faith leans you toward asking for help. Faith realizes the need for the Devine and when we humbly and truthfully answer what Jesus asks, “what do you want?” Faith answers from the deep longings of our souls.
Will he grant it? Possibly. Does he want to? Absolutely. It is why Jesus taught us to pray “give us this day our daily bread.”
So what do you want? Do you even know? Maybe, it is a question you need to process with someone else. Remember, he loves you and has great purposes for you. Ultimately, it is to know him and walk in the ways of Christ.
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