Some questions are really difficult to answer. Especially when they are thrown at you at unexpected moment from someone you don’t really know. You might just find your mind going blank or maybe crashing because there may be so many answers to that question.
In John 1:35-42, we heard that after John the Baptist pointed out to his two disciples the Lamb of God, they then followed Him. Then Jesus turned round, saw them following Him and said, “What do you want?” They replied “Where do you live?” which may sound awkward, nevertheless said much about what they wanted.
35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”
37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus.38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”
They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” 39 “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”
So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.
40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter). John 1:35-42 (New International Version – NIV)
They wanted to know who Jesus is, how He lived, what He was all about. Hence Jesus simply replied, “Come and see.” So if Jesus were to ask us, “What do you want?” would we be able to give a sensible and meaningful reply?
And if we are still wondering what to say, then 1 John 3:7-10 tells us what we should be looking for. We should be desiring to live a holy life because God is holy and we want to be His children. To be holy and to be children of God means this – to love God and to love neighbor. That is what God wants of us and may that be what we truly want too.
Peace and Joy
Written by Rev. Fr. Courage Dogbey
Prayer (What do you Want?)
Dear Father, as written in 1 John 3:7-10 which desires us to live a holy and acceptable life because You are holy. We desire to live a life that is pleasing to You. Guide us in our journey of life and teach us to love one another as You are the God of love. Amen