What Does God Want?

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men – the testimony given in its proper time. – 1 Timothy 2:1-6

What do you want?  Usually we ask this question when it is someone’s birthday or when we are going to buy them a Christmas present. From children we expect answers like, “a doll” or “a train” or “a video game”. Many kids work long and hard trying to make sure that their parents and grandparents know what they want.

Have you ever thought about asking God this question?  “God, what do you want?” These verses from 1 Timothy chapter 2 give the answer. More than anything else God wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of his truth. In other words, God wants all people to believe in him in this life and then go and be with him in heaven when they die. God wants to be close to you, to me, to everyone.

The problem is that sin keeps us from having any relationship with God, let alone an eternal relationship with him in heaven. That is why God worked to make a relationship with us possible. He did it through Jesus. Jesus acted as a mediator between God and us. Jesus was able to do this because he is true man and true God. As true man he lived under God’s law for us and even went through the pain of death. As true God he was able to give his life as an acceptable ransom freeing us from the power of sin. God forgave the sins of everyone through Jesus and made heaven a reality for all who trust in him as their Savior.

Set free from sin and death by God, Christians naturally want to respond to him in a meaningful way. One way we praise God is through prayer. Our prayers are acts of worship and thanksgiving as we reflect on what a wonderful God we have and how good he is to us. Our prayers are words of confession as we admit our wrongs and ask God for the assurance of his forgiveness. And our prayers are requests we bring to God for his blessings on us and all of his people.

What does God want? More than anything else God wants you to be his child. And through the work of Jesus Christ he accomplished it. May you live a life of thanks and praise and prayer as you consider what great things God has done for you.

Prayer: Lord, I give you thanks, for you are my gracious God who gives me all good things, especially an eternal relationship with you through the salvation accomplished by Jesus. In his name accept my praise and prayer. Amen.
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