Jesus Just Wants You
In the book Can a Busy Christian Develop Her Spiritual Life, Carole Mayhall tells how the Lord taught her to give to God in a way that pleases Him. Shortly after her father died, she found herself with absolutely no sense of God's presence. She was doing all the right things-she led two Bible studies, was involved in person-to-person discipleship, and she memorized scripture. Still she didn't feel God in her life.
She prayed and prayed, but nothing changed until she began to sense God saying, "I just want you." It became clear that what He truly wanted was for her to come to Him just for Himself-not for His gifts, such as a sense of peace or a tangible blessing-but just for Himself.
How subtle our attempts are to please God with our spiritual habits-studying the Bible, spending time in prayer, going to church. It is not that we are to leave these things undone, but it's possible to do these activities without developing a love relationship with Jesus.
Just obligating ourselves to a list of do's and don'ts does not satisfy Him or us. The Lord wants our attentiveness to Him.
Jesus, thank You that I don't have to earn Your approval and blessings. You invite me to experience the joy and freedom of simply being loved by You.
"The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing" (Zephaniah 3:17).