Whatever You Want


So What Do you want? A bigger house? A nicer car? Peace and quiet? Someone you’ve lost, or someone you haven’t met yet? Fulfillment? Joy? Peace? Jesus seems to leave it pretty open-ended here.

This verse is probably one of my pet peeves, because it so often gets taken out of context. In John 15, Jesus is giving some of his last teachings to His disciples. He stresses how important it is they “abide” in Him. 2000 years of church history and we are still scratching our heads on this one. We think it means being in the presence of, surrounding yourself by Jesus. He is all around us, but immersing ourselves in His teaching and obedience to Him goes a long way to realizing this. At some point, His will becomes our own will, thinking His thoughts after Him. Then we may add this verse. “Whatever you want, It will be done for you.” What do you want? You want what He wants. And of course He will carry out His own will.

So this verse is not about fulfilling your dreams, but His will. That’s what it’s about. It’s about God fulfilling His work through you. When you are both on the same team, everyone has the same goal.

My encouragement for you today is to abide in Him. Spend time with Him today. Seek His will in the things you do everyday. What would Jesus want you to do? How would He feel about what you are doing? How would He feel about you reading this blog post? Or me writing it? Bring Jesus into everything you do.

God bless you today.

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I've been in ministry in the Christian Churches/ Churches of Christ for 20+ years. Finished my doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2015. Serve today as a Hospital Chaplain.

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