We too often focus on what we want and don’t pay attention to what we need. What we need is infinitely more important than what we want. When our needs are met, our wants fall into order. Get this right and your life will be a blessing.
We have to lose the things we wanted to discover those things we really need. “…your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” (Matthew 6:8 NASB).
With God, we find that He doesn’t need anything. He can create all things and has all things, so He is in need of nothing. He operates opposite of the way we do, in that with His needs all met, then His wants will always be in order.
God created everything from nothing, and He can meet your needs in the same way. “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:2 NKJV).
When we know what God wants, then we know what we need. We need God, and He wants us. What God wants is that we would recognize our great need for Him. When we give God what He wants then He will most surely give us what we need.
God can rarely change a person who doesn’t think they need to. “God is high and lifted up. He lives forever. His name is holy. He says, ‘I live in a high and holy place, but I also live with people who are humble and sorry for their sins. I will give new life to those who are humble in spirit. I will give new life to those who are sorry for their sins’” (Isaiah 57:15 ERV).
What God wants is for you to fear Him. Not a dreaded fear but a healthy fear with respect and honor for His majestic power. When we fear Him rightly, we will approach Him humbly and never treat Him any less than He deserves. Make it a practice to fear God before you approach Him.
Fear God as if your very life were in His hands, because it is. “The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant” (Psalm 25:14 NKJV).
What God wants is for you to accept His Son Jesus as your Savior. This is not just some outward act to get you noticed before men but an inward act in which you would notice Jesus in your life. It’s not enough to say you are a Christian, but you must be one.
Once Jesus gets a hold of you, there’s no turning back. “Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life]” (2 Corinthians 5:17 AMP).
What God wants is for you to be immersed in His Word and for His Word to be immersed in you. Not only does He want you to read it every day but to meditate on it all day long. The Word is not there for your entertainment but for your transformation into who God has meant for you to be.
You drink a gallon of news and perhaps a teaspoon of the Word, and then you wonder why you’re anxious. “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful” (Joshua 1:8 NIV).
What God wants is that you would obey Him. Obedience will not earn your way to heaven, but it will reveal if you are on the right path. Obedience will never save us, but it will place us nearer to our Lord. The degree of your obedience is the degree to which you love the Lord Christ Jesus.
God changes those who let Him. “…If you choose to love sin, it will become your master… But if you choose to love and obey God, he will lead you into perfect righteousness” (Romans 6:16 TPT).
What God wants is for you to serve Him. He didn’t save you only for you but for those who He would reach through your service. God has a calling on your life, and He wants you to be listening for it. Jesus modeled this with His disciples, sending them out to do what He had started.
Effective Christianity serves the purposes of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15 NKJV).
What God wants is for you to be holy. This is not so you would impress men with all that you can do but encourage them with all that God can do for them. When we preach all that God can do, let us live a life from which we can prove it.
When presented with a choice, determine in your heart to error on the side of holiness. “but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written: ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy’” (1 Peter 1:15-16 NASB).
What God wants is for you to be humble. Not a humility that seeks attention but a humility that sits with content before God. Let God show you your pride, and then let Him remove it through the circumstances you are going through.
The posture you have is the person you are. “Humble yourselves [feeling very insignificant] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up and make your lives significant]” (James 4:10 AMPC).
Blessings to you,