What do I want Jesus to do for me this Year?
This morning as I listened to her podcast, Ruth Haley Barton, spiritual director and author, reminded me of a question Jesus asked. To Andrew and John, disciples of John the Baptist, he asked, “What do you want?” (John 1:38). To the blind man, Bartimaeus, he asked,“What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10:51). To the mother of James and John who had asked for a favor he said, “What is it you want?”
The New Year is usually a time when we take the opportunity to consider what we want. As we think about what we would like to achieve during the coming year, we consider making resolutions or setting goals. We ask ourselves, “What would I like to accomplish this year?” Perhaps it’s to lose weight or exercise more. Perhaps it is to learn a new skill or read a certain number of books. Perhaps it’s to strengthen a relationship or make a new friend. As ministry leaders we most often consider what we would like to accomplish for God, for his kingdom.
If we only consider what we would like to accomplish in the coming year, we can only consider what is within our own abilities, resources, and relationships. If we only consider what we would like to accomplish in the coming year, our focus is often on tangible, temporal things, things that may not have an eternal impact. Yet, there is a much more important question that we have the opportunity to consider, “What do I want Jesus to do for me this year?”
John Eldredge’s book, Get Your Life Back, encourages us to focus on the deepest desires of our eternal being. What do I want Jesus to do for me in the coming year? I long for Him to help me truly cast all my cares on Him (1 Peter 5:7) so that I can experience a life without worry, fear, and hopelessness. I want to make spaces in my soul free and free myself from distractions so that I can experience intimacy with God, the Father, God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus, God’s Son. I want to be filled to the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19). Or as the Amplified version states it, “that you may be filled up [throughout your being] to all the fullness of God [so that you may have the richest experience of God’s presence in your lives, completely filled and flooded with God Himself].” I want to become aware moment by moment of His presence with me and in me.
There are so many things I want to become and do in this New Year. I make my resolutions; I set my goals. But, as a believer, really there is only one thing I need and only one thing my soul desires—Him.
Author: Kathryn H. Creasy: Executive Director of Leadership Development and Discipleship
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