If you could have anything in God’s Kingdom, what would it be?
I’m going to give you a few minutes to think about that.
May I submit to you that if you have a personal relationship with Jesus, you can have anything in His kingdom? But He doesn’t limit you to three wishes, and it’s not up to “half of His kingdom.” It’s not just one thing, God says to ask Him for anything. The secret is, it will be “in His Name–according to His character” so that means whatever we ask for will be something He wants for us already. That understanding should keep us from asking for things like a Mercedes Benz or something we really don’t need for use in the kingdom of God. Now, I’m not saying that God couldn’t want a luxury for us sometime, but that would probably not be the norm.
Jesus is not like a genie in a bottle or Santa Claus. This relationship with Jesus is so much more than a “name it, claim it” mentality, or a religious exercise in dos and don’ts. In its simplest form, our Creator actually wants to have dinner with us. In Revelation 3, Jesus is speaking to the Church when He says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and will dine with him, and he with Me.” Ever since the fall of Adam and Eve in the garden, the Creator of all things, the most high God, King of all kings, Lord of the universe has been longing to have a relationship with His people. He wants to walk with us in the cool of the day (Genesis 3:8) and talk with us as friends about His plans on a daily basis (John 15:15). Isn’t that awesome? Notice, He comes to our house, He comes to us and initiates this relationship. WOW! What a beautifully gentle and awesome God we serve.
While God offers us MORE life through a close relationship with Him, some folks want to say that we shouldn’t bother God with requests for things, as they purport, “We have everything we need.” Well, my friend, that is some dangerous theology. Why is Jesus standing OUTSIDE the door of the church? Why is He asking to come in? Why is He saying, “If anyone hears my voice….” This Church at Laodicea had apparently kicked Jesus right out of their lives! They thought they had it all and didn’t need any more of HIM. They thought they were rich and clothed. They thought they were righteous. They were deceived. Jesus rebuked them for not seeing their absolute NEED for more of Him.
Jesus told us over and over again to ask Him, and or the Father, for more Kingdom stuff. Here are some examples:
“Ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be opened to you….” Matthew 7:7
“If your son shall ask you for a fish, will you give him a snake? How much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?” Matthew 7:9-11
“Anything you ask in My name I will give to you.” John 14:14
“Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him. Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you” Mark 11:23-24
There’s just NO END to the requests we can ask of the Lord. In fact, through my study in the Gospel of John, I’ve found that asking Jesus for things is directly related to receiving His joy full in me!
See, I think some might be thinking about God in human terms. He will not ever run out of resources. He’s not too busy, He’s not sleeping, and He’s not overwhelmed with our requests. In fact, HE WANTS to give us things! Especially when they are Kingdom things, and we ask with right motives and with no contention.
“My God shall supply all your needs according to HIS riches in Glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
His resources are LIMITLESS. We can ask for more fruit of the Spirit, more anointing, more power, gifts of healings, miracles, and many other spiritual gifts. There is no end to our need and there is no end to God’s resources to meet our needs and even some of our Kingdom wants.
Not asking Jesus for more of Him in our lives and in the lives of others is tantamount to shutting the door in His face while we run around naked, poor and wretched, thinking we are clothed, rich and in need of nothing.
So, I ask you again, if you could have anything in God’s Kingdom, what would it be?
Good news! You can have anything in God’s Kingdom, so what’s it going to be?
Jesus is knocking…. we should probably Answer the Door.