In Matthew 20 verses 21 and 32, Yeshua asks, “What do you want?”
These two situations are different, yet the question is the same. In the first, it was John and Jacob’s mother asking for her sons to have a place of honor in Yeshua’s kingdom. In the second, two blind men desperately wanted their sight restored.
Yeshua had compassion and healed the later, but probed and questioned the former, ultimately saying it wasn’t His to give. That got me to thinking – what do I want Yeshua to do for me?
Recently, in a course with author Jerry Jenkins, I’ve had to distill a novel I’m writing down to one or two sentences. The idea is that if you were on an elevator with a publisher, and only had mere seconds to pitch your novel, what would you say?
Jerry also suggests that this distillation is the book’s mission statement.
With this in mind, I listed all the things that are in my heart that I would like Yeshua to do for me. Not that I believe Yeshua is my personal genie in a bottle, but sometimes we have to do some soul searching. So I looked at my list and distilled it down to a single (though complex) sentence.
It’s not as easy as it sounds. Think about it. If Yeshua were standing in front of you and asked, “What do you want me to do for you?” what would you say? Finding the core of your heart’s desire is a powerful tool.
It’s not as though you have to sell Yeshua on doing something for you because, as in the case of the disciples’ mother, He doesn’t always give you what you want. But what is it you really want Him to do for you? Are you desperate for it, as the blind men were? Or are you merely seeking fame and fortune?
Distilling our heart’s desire down to one or two sentences may reveal to us the very thing God is calling us to do with our life – our mission statement.
Now it’s your turn. What do you really want Yeshua to do for you?