Many times, the statement “I want more” is considered selfish and self-centered. This weekend, our guest speaker, Brian Tome, shared that when viewed correctly, through God’s perspective, we should want more for our lives, and that should motivate our actions.
We saw this in the life of David. He was a “man after God’s own heart,” and yet he was constantly asking, “What’s in it for me?” We can see this in 1 Samuel—David’s primary motivation for fighting Goliath came from Goliath’s disrespect and blasphemy against God. David was righteously angry that Goliath would challenge God and his army. However, we also see that David wasn’t shy in asking, “What do I get if I fight and kill Goliath?”
1 Samuel 17:26 (NIV)
David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
We also know God wants to bless us and give us good gifts.
Matthew 7:11 (NIV)
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
God can bless us with material possessions, but I don’t think that is his main goal. God wants us to continually grow to become more like him. He wants us to ask, “What’s next?”—not to settle or be complacent. This “What’s next” mindset can motivate how we live and act. This is the tension: learning, choosing, to be content while pushing forward to what comes next.
We should be constantly looking and asking God for the next step in our faith journey. What’s in it for you? The blessing of a never dull, full life and a faith that keeps growing.
What is your next step?
What is keeping you from asking God for more? Where has God been leading you to take your next step?
Dear Lord, lead me into the next steps of my faith journey. Help me to desire continual growth and nudge me to ask you for more. Don’t let me settle or become complacent, but encourage me to seek adventure with you. Amen.
This post was written by Gaye Winterfield, a first-time contributor to the LivingitOut.
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