More than several years ago I decided to purchase every one of Brennan Manning’s books. I had to purchase many used books but my goal was reached. Are you familiar with Manning? If you are not, I highly recommend.
My lofty goal for 2021 is to read all of his books. I’ve read a number of them but not all. I began with “The Furious Longing Of God.” This was a second read of the title – it didn’t disappoint. The chapter, “Boldness,” got me. He asks the question,
“If Jesus were to ask you, right now — what do you want? — what would you say? Seriously, what would your answer be?
I immediately answered the question with something, a current fleshly desire, and then Holy Spirit instantly checked me on it and I had to “take it back.”
I quickly changed my “want…”
I bowed my head and kind of laughed and said to the Lord, “Lord, You know out of everything and anything I could ask You for, my one desire is, I have no greater joy than to hear my children and their children and their loved ones walk in Truth – Your Truth. 3 John 4
Honestly, I almost heard Jesus chuckle out loud!
What Would Your “Want” Be?
Think about the question and you don’t really have to tell me but I think it’s a question that demands some thought. You can share if you wish but don’t feel obligated. But, do ponder and make the want important. Then go boldly.
Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10.19-22
Holy chutzpah. Have any? I’m building mine.