“I have always believed that the Good Samaritan went across the road to the wounded man just because he wanted to.”
– Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
Grenfell was a medical missionary to Newfoundland and Labrador. His ministry spread throughout the rugged coastal regions, ministering to indigenous fishermen villages.
Do you know that as a Christian, God’s will for you includes doing what you want to do? Frequently I talk with people who think that God only calls us to do things we would never want do. Or the opposite, feeling bad if we really enjoy the ministry God has for us.
Psalm 37:4 says: “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” When we find joy in God and seek to be satisfied in him, our desires change. We have different loves, different values, different priorities – This means that when we are delighting to serve the Lord we are doing what we want to do.
Perhaps a better question to ask is, “Why do I not want to do the things I know are God’s will?”
Is it possible that our “want” is not shaped by a delight in God, but rather a love for the things of this world?
Lord, I want to Love you. I want to Delight in you but my heart is so shallow and easily distracted. Will you please help me seek you and find my deepest satisfaction in doing your will.