“Who are you now?”

“I am a follower of Christ.”

This is part of the routine and conversation between my Pastor and someone who trusts Christ and chooses to be baptized as a public declaration of their decision. Being a follower of Christ is a beautiful thing.

One of my favorite passages about following Jesus is recorded in John 1:35-38. Two men who were being discipled by John saw Jesus and began to follow Him.

“Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked,

‘What do you want?’” (verse 38)

How would you answer that question today? “What do you want?”

At this time of year, it’s common to be asked, “What do you want for Christmas?” Many children are asked that question often. About three weeks ago, my nieces and nephew asked me what I wanted and I emailed my list. They emailed me theirs in return.

What if we thought more about what we want from Jesus? As this year comes to a close and another one is about to begin, what do you want from Jesus? Think about it. Go deep. What are you lacking? What do you want more of from Jesus?

Peace. Joy. Strength. Satisfaction. Mercy. Answers. Hope. Abundance. Contentment. Patience. Goodness. Kindness. Faith. Gentleness. Self-control. Love. Wisdom. Truth. Rest. Motivation. Security. Purpose. Grace. Inspiration. Forgiveness. Freedom. Unity. Blessings. Healing. Assurance. Acceptance. Transformation. Power. What else?

What if we also – maybe first – thought about the question this way? Instead of what do we want from Him, what do we want to give Jesus?

A heart of devotion for Him. Faith. Love. Obedience for His glory. Dependence. Our concerns. Our enemies. Love. Our mind so He can transform it. Our hopes. What else?

Join me in thinking more this week about how to best, individually and personally, answer the question Jesus asks His followers:

“What do you want?”