And that’s why I don’t like asking God what God wants me to do.
What if I am asked to suffer? Because the truth is that if we followJesus Christ, frequently it will leadus to the cross, to suffering.
At the same time, I don’t thinkthat God wants us to suffer. Jesusdoesn’t tell his disciples that theyhave to suffer; instead he tellsJames and John that they have todrink of the same cup as he drinksbecause he has come to serve, notto be served (Mark 10: 39, 45). Andwhen we suffer because of service,because of love, we don’t call it suffering. We call it . . . love.
That brings me back to the most
dangerous question: “God, what do
you want me to do?” We might be
scared to ask it because we think
that Jesus is going to answer us like
he did James and John, “The cup
that I drink, you will drink.”
Above all Jesus wants us to love.
He came to bring us life. Everythingthat Jesus asks of us will bring uslife and will give life to others. Hesaid it himself: I came so that theymight have life and have it moreabundantly” (John 10: 10).
That can be dangerous, butmaybe not so much.
A daily question
This is why I think that the most
dangerous of dangerous questions
is “What do you want me to do, to-
day?” How do you want me to serve
you today? I have things to do, I
have plans; I have to go to work,
get groceries, make dinner. But in
the midst of all that, where do you
want me, Lord? Who do you want
me to talk to? Who do you want me
to listen to? What do you want me
I think that if we ask ourselvesthis “not-so-dangerous” questionevery morning, we will find freedomand opportunities that we wouldn’tfind otherwise. We will find moreopportunities for loving.
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