What’s your greatest desire? Is it finally getting your dream house, maybe going on a dream vacation, or possibly winning the lottery? Maybe it’s tough even coming up with a “greatest desire.” We all have many wants that may or may not be realized in this life. What would God’s greatest desire be? He’s the God who has everything anyway. What could He possibly desire? The answer is simple … you. You are God’s greatest desire. Read what He says about you:
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (1 John 3:1)
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” (Rom. 8:15)
The greatest desire of God’s heart is to have a relationship with you. He doesn’t simply want you to believe in Him. That’s not relational. He doesn’t simply want religious activities. That’s rather cold. His greatest desire is you. His love is so incomprehensible that His greatest desire is for you to become part of His family, adopted as His son or daughter. God lavishes His love on us in a crazy manner in the hope that we will in turn love Him back. God’s love for us is relentless because His longing for a relationship with us is relentless as well.
This is why when someone asked Jesus one day about what was the greatest activity someone could do for God, Jesus responded by saying that to love God was at the top of the list. It was a relational response. God’s greatest desire is for a relationship. God’s most earnest desire is for your love, not your religion, rules, or rituals. God’s greatest desire is you.
I know we all have a tendency to think, surely God desires more than this. Certainly there is some great work or cause He would have us address in this life. These aren’t the things that light up a Father’s heart. It is knowing your kids love you and want to spend time with you that satisfies a heart. God doesn’t want or need more work out of you. What He desires is more of you.
If you struggle with believing you are important to God, maybe today is the day to stop using the world’s standard for significance and adopt God’s standard. You are made in His image, saved by His Son, indwelt by His Spirit, and adopted into His family. His greatest desire is simply for you. Even with all your flaws and inconsistencies, with all your past mistakes and regrets, God longs for you even more than the physical universe He created. Maybe today would be a great day to love Him back.
Enjoying the love of the Father,