The Message

By PASTOR LUIS CARTAGENA,

What you ask for

As humans, we not only ask for things, we tend to sometimes demand them. We often ask of God without remembering that Christ also asks of us to live according to the vocation to which we have been called — to live as disciples of the Son of God. The current man, still a believer, lives looking for rewards in the world, and many looking for positions of power over others. The world constantly bombards us with messages and advice on how to become important in the earth, ignoring what the Gospel teaches us.

For example, when we seek to order something through the internet, we are easily tempted to buy based on a nice photograph of the product, but without carefully reading the description of it. When we receive it and it does not satisfy us, we become frustrated and blame the company when, in fact, we are the guilty ones when buying because we were not careful in research. In the spiritual realm, similar things happen when we ask God without realizing what we are asking for or desiring. “And he said to them, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ And they said to him, ‘Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.’ Jesus said to them, ‘You do know what you are asking.’”( Mark 10: 36-38a ESV) “But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:43-45 ESV)

Many times we have the wrong idea about what the Kingdom of God means. In the case just mentioned, James and John wanted places of honor in the Kingdom, without considering that the Kingdom of Jesus is not in this world and is not centered in palaces and positions of honor and power, but in the heart and life of every believer.

Although we have the freedom to ask God for anything, there will be times when God will be negative because He will never give something that is not needed for our good. Because of that, let us be prepared with wisdom and grace to suffer with Him and He will provide the degrees of our glory. Christ showed his disciples that in the world power is generally abused, and if all desires were granted, it is evident that a majority would desire fame and power without having to drink from His cup or go through His baptism. Actually it would be our ruin to have all our requests answered affirmatively. We do not doubt that He hears our prayers, but He will always give us what is good for us.

May God bless you.