I Want What I Want

wantIt amazes me how little thought people give to what they, and their leaders, say and do in these modern times.  For example, in California they have recently been debating the issue of end-of-life options and if legal options should include doctor assisted suicide.  Governor Jerry Brown, when asked to explain his approval of this practice, summarized his position with this sentence:

“In the end, I was left to reflect on what I would want in the face of my own death”  –Click HERE to read full statement

Now, this post isn’t about the morality of assisted suicide.  This post is about the fact that when faced with an issue that will absolutely, positively result in the death of people and will unavoidably involve others in the process of killing, the final approval was granted by someone who appealed to no authority higher than his desires.  Think about that for a moment.  He did not weigh the value of human life as explained by our Creator, and in fact, didn’t point to any authority at all.  His desires and what he assumes are the desires of others are in the driver’s seat here, and what they are driving is the issue of life and death.  Wow!  It’s hard to imagine where a nation may end up when it’s filled with citizens and leaders who find this to be totally acceptable.

In Scripture we learn that our hearts are “deceitfully wicked” and that our desires are tainted by sin.  In all actuality, we are slaves of sin according to the Apostle Paul.  So my question to both you and myself is this;

Is “I want to” the final voice in your decision-making? 

When it comes time to invest money, surf the web, teach a child or decide if a marriage will continue, who is the final authority?  The Lord and His voice as we see it in the written Word or just our own desires?  If deep in our hearts there is a conviction that out desires have the final say all-too-often, then maybe it’s time to reflect on Jesus teaching when He said “Why do you call me Lord and not do what I say?”  Maybe we should pause and consider if we are just paying Him lip-service when we say we follow Him.

Whether we are Christian in name only or true believers struggling with our sinful desires, the call to action is the same – Repent of our self-lordship and trust Christ to pay for that sin (and all other sins) with His finished work at the Cross!  Let us not continue on calling ourselves followers of Christ when we, like Jerry Brown, follow no direction but our own.  One day every knee will bow to His Lordship, would it not be wise to bow it willingly today, especially when we find nothing but grace and peace after doing so?  Myself, that it the road I will strive to walk!

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One Comment on “I Want What I Want”

  1. Eliza Says:

    Isn’t the definition of a disciple one who follows and obeys Jesus Christ? Amen!

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