What Jesus Wants Me to Do?
Sometimes, life can be overwhelming and it’s easy to forget whose plans matter most. Jesus wants us to be purpose driven and to get back into the sacred rhythm of being productive and fulfilling our mission. He desires that each of us live a life of faithfulness and obedience to what He has set forth for us in His Word. It sounds like a tremendous task, but when we take it piece by piece, it’s much more manageable. So, what does Jesus want me to do?
Jesus wants me to love. Love is the cornerstone to upholding God’s holy name. It is the greatest commandment, and it should be the foundation of everything we do. Romans 13 tells us, “Love either does no harm or to a neighbor. Therefore, love is the fulfillment of the law.” Love is a life-giving force and if we truly want to honor God, it must be done through love. We must love Him and love our neighbor. Love is patient, kind, never envious, never boastful, and never rude.
Jesus wants me to trust Him. Our faith and trust have to be on a spiritual level. The more we make God our refuge and trust Him with our whole heart, the smoother life becomes. We know that trusting Him sometimes requires us to surrender the wheel, and it’s difficult, but the rewards of doing so cannot be replicated. If we want to live our life according to God’s word and promises, trusting Him is the most powerful way we can do this. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
Jesus wants me to rejoice in Him. We can praise Him and thank Him for all that He has done for us, and rejoice even in the trials and struggles we experience. We can dance in the joy of the Lord, and this doesn’t just mean singing praise songs and doing a “happy dance.” It means being grateful in any circumstance and standing firm in faith. Psalm 100:2 says, “Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into His presence with singing!”
Jesus wants me to engage in fellowship. Being a Christian is not a solo mission and He desires that we participate in fellowship with other believers, in both large and small groups. Being in fellowship strengthens our faith and serves as a beautiful reminder that we’re not alone in this journey. Hebrews 10:25 says, “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Jesus wants me to share and speak His truth. We are all created as a testimony of His power and He wants us to use His words to help others. We are expected to do as the Apostle Paul commands in Colossians 4:5-6, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” It is our honor to share about His love and to shine His light in a dark and broken world.
Jesus wants us to be humble and to serve others. We shouldn’t make it about ourselves but to give Him all the glory and honor. Jesus wants us to show others how much we love and care by being kind and compassionate. When we serve others, Jesus is glorified. Matthew 23:11 says, “The greatest among you shall be your servant.”
Humility is a key part of following Jesus. He has given us a great example of humility and asks that we emulate Him. The Bible teaches us that humility is very important, and as believers we are to lead with humility, not pride. We should not assume positions of authority for self-glorification but rather for obedience to Jesus. Therefore, it’s important to remember that humility is an inward attitude. It is being humble with God through repentance and confession, recognizing that our worth comes from Him and not ourselves. Proverbs 3:34 says, “He is glorified by humility.”
Serving with humility means going out of our way to help others. We should think about the needs of others, have a willingness to help them, and be selfless. It means putting others before ourselves and recognizing our dependence on God. Jesus commanded us to do all these things, as outlined in Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Jesus also asks us to put humility into practice through our words and speech. We should not think we are better or more important than anyone else, but rather, use humbleness as our way of showing respect for all people. James 3:17 says, “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”
Humility is the key to demonstrating Jesus’ love to the world. God calls us to humble ourselves before Him and serve one another in selflessness and love. As we do this, He will be glorified and our faith will be strengthened!
Prayer is not only an essential part of the Christian faith, but it is also an important way for Jesus to communicate with us. When we pray, we are communicating with the Lord on an intimate level, asking for guidance, comfort and direction so that we may be at peace. This strengthens our relationship with Him, and when we feel His presence in our life, everything else is put into perspective. When we pray, we are reminded of His power and strength and are encouraged to trust Him completely. Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
In order to pray effectively, we must make sure that our motives are right and our prayers are directed towards receiving Jesus’ will. It’s important that our prayer time isn’t just focused on asking for things but to have a time of praise and thankfulness for what God has done, is doing, and will do. We should allow Jesus to speak to us through prayer, and we should listen intently for what He is saying. Additionally, it’s necessary to have an attitude of humility and repentance while praying in order to be sure that we are in the right place before Him. Psalm 5:3 says, “In the morning, Lord, You hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait expectantly.”
Prayer is a valuable tool that Jesus wants us to use. He gives us peace and strength when we pray, and allows us to receive direction. Thus, prayer should be an important part of our daily routine and a confident exercise of faith. As we lean more and more in to Him, we will hear His voice more clearly and follow His will.
Love is at the very core of making Jesus’ name great. He tells us to love Him with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strengths. He further instructs that we are to love our neighbors as ourselves. How do we do this? First and foremost, by showing generosity and grace. We are to give generously to causes we find meaningful and to those in need. When we do this, the love of Christ shines through us. 1 John 3:17 says, “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?”
We are to also express our love by forgiving and showing kindness to others. To forgive is to move on from hurtful situations and to embrace a new beginning. Through forgiveness, we can start on a more tranquil path and avoid being in perpetual hurt and bitterness. Colossians 3:13 reminds us, “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
Finally, Jesus wants us to show our love through grace. Grace is rarely an easy practice, but God gives us immense strength in order to show grace no matter the situation. We should strive to see those around us with love, and focus on understanding before judgment. Ephesians 4:2 says, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
Expressing love is a serious commandment that Jesus wants us to keep. When we show love and grace towards others, we give Him all the more honor and glory. Jesus tells us that if we keep His commands, He will reward us. But more importantly, we will experience a deeper relationship with the Lord as our love brings us closer to Him.
Abounding in Faith
In order to live out the will of Jesus, we must have faith. We must have confidence that He will lead us in the right direction. We must trust He is working miracles in our lives and we must have faith that His promises are true.
When we have faith, we can approach life with a greater sense of security and confidence. We know that, no matter what the situation, God will be there to guide and protect us. Knowing this arms us with sufficient strength to take on any challenges that come our way. As Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
Our faith should be a daily practice, becoming stronger every day. We need to remind ourselves of God’s faithfulness and our need to abide by His word. This is why daily scriptures and affirmations are important, as they remind us of Jesus’ promises. Faith can also be displayed through our actions. In order to please God and to show our faith, we should willingly serve others, no matter how uncomfortable. After all, our faith can move mountains! Matthew 17:20 says, “He replied, ‘Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.’”
As believers, we are truly blessed to know that no matter what, God will never leave us. By basing our lives on faith, we can be assured that, no matter the circumstance, Jesus will not fail us. When we strive to live abundantly in faith, we will experience a deeper sense of love, joy and peace.
A husband of one wife, father of two beautiful girls, laborer of Lord, Jesus Christ, and a servant to God’s His saints. I hope to encourage you by God’s grace. Thank you for stopping by.