John 16: 23-24 “Whatever you ask the Father in my name, He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. ASK, and YOU WILL RECEIVE, that your JOY may be FULL.”
As a child I use to watch a TV show named “I dream of Jeannie.” The possessor of the lamp would rub the lamp and the genie would appear to grant his wish. As kids, many of us dreamed of being granted one wish. Solomon got the “one wish.” The disciples were given the same opportunity, only better. Instead of being granted one request, they were given unlimited requests. This offer was guaranteed in the context of their friendship with God (John 15:15). As disciples, they were no longer servants but friends of Jesus. The same is true for us. However, most believers are still living with a servant’s mentality instead of their new, true identity In Christ.
A servant lives from the perspective of having to earn everything they receive. This servant’s mentality is the religious attitude of some in the church. We cannot have it both ways – because the truth is we are saved by grace unto good works (Ephesians 2:10). Our good works do not save us. 2 Corinthians 1:20 states that “ALL the promises and blessings of God are YES, and in Christ are AMEN (so be it), for the glory of God THROUGH US.” Everything that we will ever need pertaining to the life of abundance is already available to us “In Christ.” They are not earned, nor do they need to be worked for. If they are “In Christ” they belong to us – in fact they are in us. But the challenge for us is to grow beyond living as a servant to becoming a friend. As in the lives of the original twelve, Jesus only reveals certain truths to His disciples/friends that He will not reveal to servants (John 15:15).
In cooperation with friendship, Jesus gives us an amazing list of promises. Each promise was given for us to live by and experience for the expansion of the Kingdom. Look at these few promises. They will change your life and involvement in the Kingdom – if you believe them and use them.
John 15:7 – “If you abide in me, and MY Words abide in you, you can ask whatever you desire, and it will be given to you.”
John 15:16 – “Whatever you ask the Father in my name He will give you.”
John 14:14 – “If you ask anything in my name, I WILL do it.”
Mark 11:24 – “Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
For us to properly understand and receive what Jesus has offered in these few verses requires us to get beyond any religious thinking about what it means to be a follower of Christ. God never intended for the believer to be a puppet on a string. God makes Himself vulnerable to the desires of His people. God tells us in Proverbs 13:19 – “A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul.” John Wesley said, “if it matters to you, it matters to Him.” Our Father wants your JOY to be FULL!
While many are waiting for the next “Word from God,” He is waiting to hear from you. He wants to hear the dream that is in your heart. What keeps you motivated? What gets you up in the morning? He’s waiting on us to take our place as His child, not because He needs us, but because He loves us. And as any good father would, He loves to see His children blessed and happy. Jesus told us to ASK so that we will receive so that our JOY will be full. Can you imagine living a JOY-filled life? That’s the will of our Father.
My prayer for you today is that you will stop striving, stop attempting to earn something that cannot be earned and rest in the truth that God your Father wants to bless your life beyond your comprehension so that He can be glorified through you.