What do you want? What do you want to do? What do you want for dinner? What do you want to watch on television? Our American lives are so much about what we want… and what we think we deserve.
Sometimes we may have that same philosophy when it comes to Jesus. We accentuate the parts of Jesus we like and may choose not to acknowledge those parts we don’t like. And we can think that way in giving our lives to Jesus. Oswald Chambers says our ‘ordinary and reasonable service’ for Jesus can compete against full surrender to Jesus. We can do enough to feel good about ourselves without being completely committed. We often would rather stay in our personal comfort zones instead of answering the call to leave what makes us comfortable and instead doing what Jesus would have us do. Admit it, sometimes Jesus calls you from your comfort zones.
The problem for us is that our wants are not Jesus’ primary concern. He wants us to be obedient. That’s where I have found myself recently – choosing between what I want and being obedient to what Jesus is calling me to. Too often we choose what we want, making the best of it, and convincing ourselves that we are being useful to Jesus instead of accepting that which we would never choose, and finding the peace that only comes through obedience.