December 21, 2017

John 11:35 (NLT) — 35 Jesus wept.

Let’s look at the conversation that occurred between Jesus and Martha a few verses prior to our memory verse.

John 11:21–22 (NLT) — 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.” 

It seems that Martha has put her faith in Jesus. She believes that God will give Jesus whatever he asks for. We can easily do that to. I am certain that all of us believe that Father God would give Jesus anything he asked for; but like Martha, we’re not so sure he would do that for us. Right? We could probably give many reasons why God wouldn’t give us whatever we ask for. Reasons like: we don’t deserve it, we haven’t been faithful in prayer and bible study, it is a frivolous thing that we really don’t need, there are other people with more pressing needs etc.

A friend of mine, Don, told me a story that I will never forget. He said that when he was about eight years old his parents adopted a boy, Steve, whose parents had been killed in a car accident. The boy was the same age as Don. The boy had only been with Don and his parents for about a month when he came to Don and said, “Don, will ask your dad if he would take us to see a Twins baseball game?” This is was Don’s reply, “You ask him. He’s your dad too.”

Now I am sure Steve didn’t think he could go to his new dad because he had only been with them a month and his new dad wasn’t his biological dad. So because of those two reasons he figured that Don would have a better chance of getting a ‘yes’ to the request. But he was wrong. Don’s dad chose Steve because he loved him and wanted him. And by choosing Steve, Don’s dad showed how willing he was to be generous. Steve became an immediate member of the family. There was no waiting or trial period to see how he would perform.

Our heavenly Father showed how much he loves us and how generous he is by sending his precious son Jesus to die for us so that we might be adopted into Father God’s family. We do not have to prove ourselves worthy of our Father’s generosity. He gave Jesus for us while we were unproven sinners. And Jesus himself said that Father God loves us as much as he does Jesus.

John 17:23 (NLT) — 23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.

Jesus was so sure that Father God would answer our prayers that he said:

Matthew 7:7–11 (NLT) — 7 “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 “You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? 10 Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! 11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.

So don’t be a Martha. Ask God for what you want. After all he is your Father too. I believe that when we hesitate for whatever reason to come to Father God and ask that it causes our brother Jesus to weep:(

Psalm 37:4 (NLT) — 4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.

Listen to what Father God says to Solomon:

2 Chronicles 1:7 (NLT) — 7 That night God appeared to Solomon and said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!”

Jesus was an exact representation of his Father. We read in the gospels that on a number of occasions Jesus would ask a person, “What do you want.” And when they said what they wanted Jesus gave it to them.

So what do you want?

Be Inspired Hilltop!