Thursday, July 18, 2013

To Be Wanted

"In all our contacts it is probably the sense of being really 
needed and wanted which gives us the greatest satisfaction and 
creates the most lasting bond."
-Eleanor Roosevelt

If you're like me, they you may at times feel almost guilty for wanting to be noticed, loved, cherished, or considered important.  Society teaches us to be strong and independent.  You may have been taught (or learned the hard way) not to depend on others, because they will just let you down.

Do you every feel guilty for needing to be needed, and does that mean this desire isn't from God?  Not at all.

I believe God has put that desire for companionship/love in us, consider these 2 brief points...
  • God made Eve for Adam so Adam wouldn't be alone. (Genesis 2:18)
  • There are many scriptures in the Bible about friendship.
So it seems that God has put an innate desire in us to want to be loved, accepted, and important to others.  Still, the desire for others should never surpass our desire for being wanted and loved by God.

Well guess what?  God wants to be noticed, cherished, and important in your life too!

The other day during worship, I started thinking about this desire of ours to be wanted.  Different scenarios played out in my head of times I had felt wanted and how special it felt.  God brought to mind the many hugs and exclamations of, "Ms. Sarah!" I get in the mornings from my preschoolers.  I recalled one of my girls, who will soon be leaving us to attend Kindergarten, often telling me that I am still her favorite teacher. 

I hope you know that God wants YOU, yes you!  He longs for you to spend time with Him.  He aches for you in the same way that a single person may desire to get married.  He hungers for you more than one may hunger for their favorite meal after not eating all day.  He longs for you more than an addict needs his next fix.  His desire is for YOU. You are wanted.

God needs to be wanted, by YOU!

When you ignore that time with Him...God actually becomes jealous! (Deuteronomy 4:24)  Interesting, because jealousy is usually considered to be a negative trait, and is most of the time.  Did you know that Oprah was turned off to Christianity, because she heard a preacher say that God is jealous God?  I don't know about you, but to me that brings amazement.  God wants to spend time with little insignificant me?  Yep.  Not just the preachers, not just the missionary workers, but you and me!

So don't keep God jealous any longer of all the time you spend on facebook, TV, texting, etc....Spend some time with Him. 

Know what it's like to be wanted and fulfilled!