BLOG: What God Desires Most



WRITTEN BY MELISSA H. STRAUTMAN, LMT

What God Desires Most
Companion blog to “The Son’s Desire

Every Decision Should Begin With This Question…

 We Christians earnestly want to be more “Christian” but do we want to be more “Christ-like”?  Well, Christ “liked” something very specific.  He had a singular purpose on earth and that purpose was clearly stated in John 17:24-26.  He wanted to do His Father’s will so that He could bring glory to Him and He did.  Jesus even went as far as to say that He couldn’t do anything outside of His Father’s will[1] or “desire.”  We know that was because He was God Himself.

God’s “desire” is always defined as Him having full thought, full knowledge, full power, and absolute intention.  Paul tells us….

Romans 9:18
God has mercy on (saves) whom He “desires” and He hardens whom He “desires.

God also expresses an honest and sincere desire in…

1 Timothy 2:3-4
This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 

How can these both be true?  How can God on one hand express a sincere desire for all people to be saved and then actively prevent it by hardening their hearts so that they can’t be saved?

The Two Wills of God

I don’t wish to lead you to believe that I have had even the slightest amount of sanctification enough to have wrestled this bear to the ground myself.  I would point you back to these men and what they have to say about God having an expressed-will and a higher-will.

  1. John Piper – Are There Two Wills in God?
  2. R. C. Sproul – Different Wills of God
  3. Steve Wilson –  The Son’s Desire

A good example of this conflict of wills is a parent’s sincere desire that his or her children have peace and blessing while, at the same time, being willing to forgo a child’s peace and blessing by inflicting quite the opposite; sometimes painful discipline.  Why?  Isn’t that two-faced and disingenuous?  No!  A parent, like God, knows that while happiness is good, holiness is hard-fought.  There was a lot of despair and pain on that cross for His Son, but it led to God’s ultimate goal of redeeming a people for Himself and His glory.

One desire constrained another desire simply because one was more important than the other.  Saving souls is desired by God but bringing glory to Himself is desired far more.  In John 17:24 Jesus tells God that He sincerely wants us[2] to be with Him in heaven, but again, it’s all about glory.

Who can keep God from getting what He wants?

“What power is sufficient enough to hold back whatever God desires?  Some of you are tempted to answer, “My choice is.”  God forgive you for elevating yourself to such a position of imagined power that you personally can overcome the expressed desire of God by just refusing to believe. Let me tell you the only thing strong enough to constrain God’s desire is His own desire/will.” – Pastor Steve Wilson

What is God’s greater desire?

The greater desire that rules all other expressed desires of God for His children…is the desire for His own glory.[3]  God is a jealous God, a selfish God in every way divinely imaginable.  So consumed and passionate is He with His own glory[4] that He kills His Son to accomplish the glory of redeeming a people for Himself.

“God desires glory more than anything else including the saving of anybody.  And the only ones who will be saved are those who will be saved and bring glory to God alone.  Any who take salvation and twist it and turn it so that somehow they get some of the glory for their salvation, shame on them!  They are acting contrary to the very heart of God.” – Pastor Steve Wilson

We are meant to become more like Christ.  Jesus spent His whole life seeking to do the Father’s will in order to bring glory to Him.  That was Christ’s highest aspiration.  It will become our highest aspiration as we move through this life becoming more and more sanctified.  If you don’t feel that, then maybe some other ‘thing’ is in the way. We have to constrain that ‘thing/idol’ that we desire over the glory of God and we can only do that with the help of the Holy Spirit.

With every small and large decision that we make we should be asking the question, “What will bring glory to God?” That truly is the only question that matters.  Asking God anything should have a root purpose and that is HIS GLORY; not satisfying ourselves while here on earth.

Large decision….same root purpose

Pastor Wilson just preached a powerful sermon on Suicide last week in light of the recent celebrity suicides and the fact that we were studying the book of John where Judas killed himself.

Christians can fall into deep despair for a time just like any other person.  They may even face the very large decision as to whether or not they will take their own life.  Oh, I pray that they will receive a spiritual helping hand that poses the question to them, “Will murdering the image-of-God[5] (you) bring glory to God?”  If they are of sound mind and a believer then they will surely answer, “No.”  If they can, but for a moment, remember that their weakness and despair is exactly the place where God can show His strength and be magnificently glorified then perhaps their minds can refocus on what God desires and not what they desire so earnestly in that moment.


I hope you will subscribe to this blog and keep learning all God has for you through these lessons taught by Pastor Steve Wilson of Grace Community Church.

   


[1] John 5:19

[2] …”whom you have given me…” This only refers to those that will be saved.

[3] John 17:1…”glorify you”, John 17:4…”glorified you”, John 17:5…”glorify me…with the glory”

[4]  Finding God in Four Glories

[5] “Image-of-God”, a.k.a. “Imago Dei”, read paragraph 12 of Finding God in Four Glories