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“What do I want?” It is a question we seldom ask ourselves but one of great importance. In fact, it is a question that Jesus often asked those who came to him. When John the Baptist prompted two of his disciples to follow Him, Jesus turned and asked them, "What do you want (John 1:38)?" When He saw a paralytic who had been invalid for 38 years lying at Bethesda, he asked what seemed to be the obvious: "Do you want to get well (John 5:6)?" Surely He knew! Anyone in that state would have wanted nothing else. Why did He ask the obvious? As God, doesn't he know what is in our mind before we even open our mouth? He does this not for his sake but for ours. Without a clear vision of what we want, we may desire something yet not receive it, because our will remains uncommitted. That is why the sage of old observed that without a vision the people cast off restraint (Proverbs 29:18). Only with a clear vision can we be intentional and committed to something; and only when we are committed and intentional will we find the means to achieve what we want. And these means, known as God’s grace, are made available to us abundantly in Christ. So as we enter into 2022, what do you want? What do you expect God to do in you and through you? As you come into God’s presence at the beginning of the year, take time to think about this question. And as He reveals that vision in your heart, commit yourself to receive all God has in store for you this year. And pray that God will "bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8)."

Rev. David Lee


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