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Upcoming Events
DEC

13

WED
Praise Team Practice
7:00 PM
The Praise Team instrumentalists and vocalists will practice each Wednesday night at 7:00 P.M. in the sanctuary.
DEC

17

SUN
9AM Contemporary Service
Contemporary Service with our Praise band leading the worship, and message delivered by pastor or guset speaker
10AM Sunday School
Sunday School Classes for all ages, using Lifeway resources and others in a small class learning setting, where questions and discussions are welcomed.
Blended Worship Service
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Our Blended Worship Service with special music from our Praise Band, Choir, and individuals. Our pastor or special speaker brings a message using the greatest instruction book available.
Bible Search
WHAT DO YOU WANT?

“He must increase but I must decrease” - John the Baptist

 

What do you want? It is a question that we ask a lot and it is a question that is asked of us a lot.  What do you want to eat? What do you want to wear? What do you want to do tonight?  When November rolls around we usually hear “what do you want for Christmas?” And then when Christmas is over and we speed toward New Year’s Day, the question shifts to “what do you want for a new year?”  

 

Sometimes I lay awake at night and ask the question, “what do I want for my family?” “What do I want for my children?” or a little differently “what should I pray for this person or that person in the situations that they are in?”  In my lighter moments I generally ask the question, “what type of records do I want?” (I love the sound of vinyl) or “what kind of books do I want?”  We ask a lot of questions about what we want.  But do we ever ask the question what does God want?

 

What does He want for our lives? What does He want for our children? For our spouses? For a New Year?  For the people we are praying for?  What does God want in all of these situations?  Paul sums it up in Romans 14:8 when he says, “if we live we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord.  So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s”  If that is true (and it is) then we are not our own.  Our children are not ours.  The concerns that we have for people are not just our concerns.  All of these things (and people) belong to God, and we do as well.  So the question that we should be asking is not what do I want, but what does God want?

 

Let’s be honest for just a moment:  that is a hard question to ask isn’t it?  We like the thought of asking the question but the question itself is hard, because it implies submission.  If we are asking God what do you want in these situations and for these people, it means that we are submitting our requests and our concerns to Him and in essence saying “God these are yours, so may your will be done.”  Interestingly enough that is how Jesus taught us to pray isn’t it? “Your kingdom come and Your WILL be done.”  That is a prayer of trust, a prayer of submission and a prayer that says God my life is yours, so what do you want.  It is an extremely important prayer to pray and an extremely important way to live, recognizing the supremacy of God in all things and in our own lives.

 

John the Baptist said, “Jesus must increase and I must decrease.”  That is the kind of attitude that prays, “Lord what do you want? or Lord may your will be done.”  That is the way we are called to live as followers of Jesus.  Lord what do you want?  And in reality if we are living the way of John the Baptist then what we want will be more of Jesus and less of ourselves.  We will want His kingdom to come and His will to be done in the world, in our own lives, and in the lives of the people that we care about.