2 Tim. 3:1-4 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;”
We live in that day and it’s a very selfish time and it’s all about us:
• What do I want?
• What do I want to own?
• What do I want to eat?
• What do I want to wear?
• What do I want others to think of me?
• What do I want to do with my time?
• What do I want?
Our days have become filled with what we want and sadly we are less concerned with what others want or need. This spirit of the world is in direct contradiction to the word of God.
Phil. 2:3-4 "Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others."
But, I’ve got to look out for me, because if I don’t no one else is going to. But, as we are living our selfish life, is that what really matters? Are we getting out of life what we’re supposed to be getting out of life? So, what does God want? Thankfully, what God wants is not hidden, but we can find it in His Word.
2 Pet. 3:9 "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."
Regardless of what we have wanted for our lives, God wants us to be saved from our sins and not be lost. God wants each one of us to break free from the constraints of our sinful flesh and to overcome sin’s pull on our lives. He is “not willing”. God is not going to sit idly by while sin and hell ravages our lives. In fact, God is going to do everything that He can to set us free from sins incarceration. One of the ways that He does this is found in another scripture text that shows us what God wants:
1 Cor. 10:13 "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."
God wants us to know that the temptations that trip people up are going to try to be active in our lives as well, but we don’t have to be taken down by them. Temptations do not have to rule over us and we can escape its pull. Don’t ever look at any child of God and say “if I could be like them I wouldn’t have the problems I have.” God wants you to know that you don’t have to be taken down by this world’s temptations. When you stop asking “what do I want” and you start searching for “what does God want”, it changes your life. John 10:10 shows us what the devil wants and what God wants, in one scripture: "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."
If you follow after sin and the flesh, you’re going to get what the devil wants. The devil is more than willing:
• To steal your soul
• To kill your spirit
• To destroy your life
But, the Lord wants you to have life, and that more abundantly:
• A life without fear
• A life without regret
• A life lived to the full
• A life lived with power, purpose, and direction
I could bring you scripture on top of scripture, but let it suffice to say that “what God wants” is more for you.
God wants you to have:
• More love
• More power
• More strength
• More life
• And more eternity
Maybe it’s time to see what God wants!