“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory.”
What Jesus Wants
Paul was looking for a church. Every Sunday he would try a different one. Some were intriguing. Others turned him off. As time went on his search became more frustrating. Often the message was the same and it could be reduced to one sentence: “This is what Jesus wants you to do for him.” While Paul never claimed to have any real knowledge of the Bible, he realized something was lacking. It wasn’t until a friend invited him to come to church with him that he soon found what he was missing.
During that worship service Paul noticed the difference between what he had been hearing, and now what he was hearing for the first time. Instead of being told this is what Jesus wanted him to do, he heard this is what Jesus wanted for him.
It is easy to be confused by the many messages which tell me I have to do something for Jesus. They may sound attractive, even admirable, but there is only one problem. I can never do enough to merit Jesus’ favor or secure the hope of heaven. It is impossible because my sin always causes me to fall short of the perfection the Lord requires.
The only way I can find hope and peace is by knowing what Jesus wants for me. Simply put Jesus wants me to be his now, and he wants me to his forever in the glory of heaven. He, then, reveals how I can have this hope and peace.
Through Jesus’ perfect life as my substitute, he completed what I never could have begun to do. Through his perfect death as my Savior, he secured what I never could have attained on my own. Through his triumph over death as my living Lord, he proclaimed what I never expected to hear. His work tells me I am forgiven. His work tells me I am free from death and the devil. His work tells me I am an heir of heaven.
It is easy to become confused about Jesus and his ministry. This is why I need to carefully listen to my Savior and trust his precious work. Here I can know in a clear and simple way, this is what Jesus wants for me.
O precious Savior, I thank you for your compassion and devotion to me a sinner. Give me peace through the forgiveness of my sins. Give me hope through your resurrection. Give me confidence to know that you want me to be yours now and forever. Amen.
This devotion was selected from the Daily Devotion archive.
Source: WELS Devotions