What Does He Want?
You probably don’t have to search your memory too far back to recall a point where the response to your inquiry was met with the phrase, “What do you want now?”
Let’s consider that for a bit.
Note from Kip…
You’ve probably done it to someone else as well and may or may not even realize it. Preoccupied with other things yet someone or something keeps pressing in on you and there is that response that you provide them with that says it, even if the words never leave your mouth.
We don’t like to be pulled away from that which we are focused on. Perhaps that states it as clearly as possible.
“I am doing this! So, don’t bother me with whatever you’re pitching, because ‘this’ is what is important to me!”
Not the Door to Door Salesman
Jesus is persistent. Especially if you are His. He isn’t likely to take no or later for an answer now or ever.
“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne.”
Revelation 3:20-21 (NLT)
When we are occupied with things other than Him, knock, knock knock. When we feel we must attend to this right now, knock knock. When we were just considering what we could do about this problem, He knocks.
So what is our response? What does he want now?
You see Revelation 3:20 used by many as a representation of Jesus appealing to the lost to invite Him into their hearts and lives. But if you’re reading this and maintain the context where it resides in, you’ll see that He was talking about His Churches and there for His people.
Some things we can draw from this that should be disconcerting to us. First is the obvious issue that Christ is on the outside of the door. Immediately this ‘context’ business places us in a very poor light.
We’ve shut the door on our redeemer, He’s outside knocking and calling to us to open up and commune with Him. This picture just isn’t right on it’s face. Why is he out there? He should be in here. Why is the door closed, when we opened it to Him already? What could he possibly want?
I’m not trying to belittle you, because this plays the same for me as it does for every believer. He’s knocking because He calls to us. He calls us to act on His direction but we’ve closed the door on Him, refusing to obey and neglecting the service to which He calls us.
Our scenario that we laid out initially also says something else about us. We know what He is calling us to do. In the same way that person who turns and says, “What do you want now?”, knows exactly what the person trying to get their attention desires of them. They want the focus to turn from that which is a distraction to be locked on them.
So it is with Jesus.
We know what He wants. He wants us to commune with Him. Not just for a few minutes as a break from what is really important to us, but for all importance to be place on and in Him.
He has a task for us, and it’s little wonder, why now He is questioning why we are not about His work. We gave our lives to Him, will we now pull back and refuse Him what we have surrendered to Him?
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:18-20 (NLT)
Context: Jesus was speaking to His Disciples shortly after His resurrection from the dead. He’s letting them know, and us conversely, that all power and authority has been placed in Him. There is absolutely nothing that is outside of His power. But then, there is a ‘therefore’.
I had a spiritual leader tell me once, when you see a ‘therefore’, it’s important to examine what it is there for.
Therein is the key to what He wants of us. Yes, He wants to commune with Him but He wants us to go forward and do that which He calls us to. The Wherefore here, is He is directing us to be His messengers to the world. He wants us to be His Disciples, not believers and not just nearly loosely following behind Him. He wants us to be His Disciples and teach others to obey Him, which is to make others His Disciples in the same way that He calls us to be His Disciples.
Don’t get hung up in the semantics of nit picking this issue. The risen Christ had one thing to tell His Disciples (and us), “go and make disciples of all the nations“.
If we are not dedicated Disciples, we should be. If we are not discipling others we need to get to it. In the first commandment given outside of the tomb, the risen Christ Jesus says, “go and make disciples of all the nations“.
Not when you get done doing what you’ve got going there, or after you’ve accomplished a 10 week study of the scriptures. Go and do it now!
Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:1-2 (HCSB)
What sacrifice are we presenting if we are standing on the opposite side of the door and He’s calling to us, and we fail to answer that call?
This thing, Discipleship, is our call. It is what He wants of us. It is our ‘Spiritual Worship!’
Maybe you should open that door and embrace the one that calls to you from the other side of the door. Commune with Him. Then go and be His Disciple and make Disciples.
It’s what He wants now!