An Evangelical Church in the Heart of Thatcham

What do YOU want?

Jesus, fulfilling His role as a teacher, was asked a great many questions by a great many people. However, it is just as interesting, if not more so, to look at the questions that Jesus asked other people. One of the first questions that we learn about was when he asked two would-be disciples: “What do you want?” John the Baptist had informed them that this One, who was presently passing by, was none other than “the Lamb of God”.

One author I read recently had a whole chapter on this question. The suggestion given was to brainstorm the list of wants in your life, and then, by linking them together, to try and discover what it is that is really important to you and then bring it to Jesus. I want, if I may, to turn this totally tail over head.

Jesus, having established the genuine curiosity of these two men, proceeded to do something very precious. What was that? He gave them the greatest of prizes, He gave them a view of Himself. Let me ask you, what is the Bible about? Is it about us and our dealings with God or is it about God and His dealings with us? The difference is actually very seminal and not just semantic.

If the Bible is essentially about us, then I would suggest that that is a cruelly shrunken vision. If, however, it is about the awesome God and His plans, then this has a vast power to raise up our heads and to take us out of our natural obsession with ourselves. Oh that God would bless us and take us beyond our heavily ingrown thoughts and all our many and varied yet petty wants.

I am the Pastor at Thatcham Evangelical Church in West Berkshire. This is an FIEC (Fellowship of Evangelical Churches) affiliated church.