What Do You Desire?

            I love Christmas, the Christmas time and the Christmas spirit.  I love the giving nature that is manifested through generous acts.  I love the care and concern for others that is shown through acts of kindness.

It is that time of year.  The time of year when many ask the same question, what would you like?  One can readily see the results of this question simply by going to a store.  Items are being purchased from every store, through the internet and from individuals.  Millions upon millions of dollars are being spent in an attempt to satisfy the desires of another. 

The reality is that things manufactured by man will never truly satisfy.  Often the greatly desired item is either damaged out of the box, broken the day received, lost after a time or just loses it grandeur.

The apostle Paul wrote these words concerning his desire: Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved (Romans 10:1;KJV).   Of all the things for which Paul could have desired his desire was the salvation of his nation. 

Paul realized what we as Americans fail to understand.  Salvation will not be found in political parties but in the powerful potentate Jesus Christ (I Timothy 6:15).  Salvation will not be found in the legislatures of man but in the law of God (Romans 1:16).  Salvation will not be found in the mighty military but in the Messiah’s message (John 12:48).  If we desire the salvation of America we must think as Paul thought, pray as Paul prayed and work as Paul worked.

Paul thoughts were the thoughts of Christ.  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5).  The thoughts of Jesus were to do the will of the Father (John 12:49).  Therefore, our thoughts must be to do the will of God. 

The change would be drastic and wonder if everyone had the thoughts of Christ.  We cannot control the thoughts of everyone just ourselves.  Let each individual make their thoughts the thoughts of Jesus.

Paul’s prayers were prayed in accordance with the will of God.  God’s will was for all to be saved and Paul’s prayer were for the salvation of souls (II Thessalonians 3:1).  Paul prayed for opportunities to teach others.  When we think of gifts to give to our loved ones the greatest gift is salvation.  No, we cannot be saved for another and we cannot force another to be saved but we can teach the truth and lead them in the direction of salvation.  Let us ensure that our prayers are lead by our thoughts which are of God.

Paul’s work was the work of God.  Paul lived a life wherein he could instruct others to follow him (I Corinthians 11:1).  We are able to follow the example of Paul because he followed Christ.  Can we tell others the same about our lives?

Let our desire be the salvation of America.  Let us show our desire in our thoughts, prayers and work.