“. . . ask Me whatever you wish and it will be done for you.” (John 15:7)
Does this phrase from Jesus seem too good to be true? It does to me. I’ve heard it said: “If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.” For 99.9% of advertising in the world, that saying has proved to be about right.
When I read Jesus saying things like this, my mind shifts to movies like Aladdin. A lucky guy stumbles upon a bottle, rubs it, and a genie pops out promising to grant anything the lucky guy desires. That’s Hollywood. That’s the movies. That’s not real life. That’s. . . too good to be true.
But this is Jesus. This is the Son of God. This is THE Truth. This is the One we worship. This is the One where we celebrate His birth and rejoice over His resurrection. He’s not too good to be true. He’s good. He’s more good than we can ever imagine. But He’s also true. He’s not a mysterious genie in a bottle.
So what’s going on when He says “ask Me whatever you wish and it will be done for you”? I mean, He doesn’t even say it has to be limited to three wishes. The implication here is if I ask whatever I want, whenever I want, it will be mine. I mean. . . what? Is Jesus better than a Genie?
Yes. Yes He is.
Not only does Jesus grant us anything we desire, He actually transforms our desires. He gives us whatever we wish because our wishes are actually aligned with His. We get what we want because His wants have become our wants. Jesus not only grants all of our “wishes” so to speak. Jesus revolutionizes what we wish for. Our wishes go from shallow, empty, secondary things; to eternal, lasting, fulfilling, life-giving, joy-resulting things.
In the context of John 15:7, Jesus speaks of abiding in Him. Remaining. Being with. Staying. Not moving away from. Listening to. Following. He speaks of He being in us and us being in Him. In other words, when we remain with and abide in and stay with Jesus – our desires and wishes and wants and aspirations become one. We will want what He wants. Not only will our wishes be granted; what we actually desire will be whole, fulfilled, complete, deep.
A genie can’t make my desires whole. Only God can do that. As I stay with and abide in Jesus, what He is after becomes what I am after. When that happens, I ask for whatever I want and it will be mine.
Pay attention to your desires today. Are they in sync with the life-giving, soul-fulfilling will of Jesus?
How are you doing at abiding with Jesus? What’s a simple adjustment you can make right now granting you margin to remain in Him?