What do you Want?

John 1:37-38 WEB

The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. [38] Jesus turned, and saw them following, and said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which is to say, being interpreted, Teacher), “where are you staying?”


When Jesus looks around is he going to find you following him? I hope so! Those who follow Jesus get asked an amazing question, “what do you want?” If we are ever going to receive from Jesus, it starts by asking him to come into our hearts. And then it’s time to follow! We follow Jesus in Spirit and Truth. That means we seek a relationship with the Holy Spirit and know the Bible.

The Word of God tells us that anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit is denied by Jesus when he comes in front of his Father. I have come to believe that denying the Voice of God in our present reality is what the Bible refers to as blaspheming the Holy Spirit. This is why we have to be cautious not to worship the Bible. We don’t have a relationship with the Bible, we have a relationship with the Holy Spirit.

In the Old Testament, during The Exodus, the people of God were brought to the Mountain of God so that they could hear from God themselves. However, they did not want to hear from God and they asked Moses to talk to God for them. (Ex 20:19) They asked to be separated from God’s Voice. So, they got what they wanted. But, they were also denied entrance into the promised land. That entire generation died in the wilderness.

Following Jesus also means we read the Bible and know it because that’s our Truth. The Bible is our relational book; it defines our relationship with God. We can safely listen to the Spirit of God if we are secure in the knowledge of the Word of God. This is because the Word of God will bring correction to what we believe we are hearing. We know that the Lord God cannot lie, so the Spirit of God is not going to speak to us in ways that contradict the Word of God.

You don’t have to be afraid to listen to God’s Voice. Remember, God always gives us a way to escape the snare of the enemy. (1 Cor 10:13) When we listen for God’s voice, we are safeguarded from deception by knowing the Word of God. The Bible informs what we are hearing and lets us know if it really is from God. God cannot lie, but he also cannot deny himself. So, These two things go together for the follower, Spirit, and Truth.


Lord Jesus, I pray for a hunger for your word, and the courage to listen for your voice. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

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