Wanting nothing more than God.
At times I have wanted many things more than I have wanted God. I have wanted money more than I have wanted God. I have wanted to help other people more than I have wanted God. I have wanted to be seen as "important" more than I have wanted God. I have wanted to be seen as "nice" more than I have wanted God.
I believe if the only future you want is God, this is the only future you need to want. Wanting what you do not need to want can result in you wasting time/ effort in pursuit of something that you do not need and that ultimately is not going to meet the emotional need within you.
God has only ever wanted you for no other reason than you are the only thing He has ever wanted. If you never amount to anything in your life yet you are enabled to want nothing other than God, you have amounted to more than someone who owns the whole world yet has struggled only wanting God. .
If you are physically sick yet you are enabled to want nothing other than God, you have amounted to more than someone who is physically healthy yet has struggled only wanting God. .
If you never known yet you are enabled to want nothing more than God, you have amounted to more than someone who is known yet has struggled only wanting God. .
God would not be Who He Is if He did not try to help you want what you only need to want.
It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.
Deuteronomy 32:12 The Lord alone led him; no foreign god was with him.
Joshua 24:4 “Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness.
1 Samuel 12:24 But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.
1 Kings 18:15 Elijah said, “As the Lord Almighty lives, whom I serve, I will surely present myself to Ahab today.”
2 Kings 3:14 Elisha said, “As surely as the Lord Almighty lives, whom I serve, if I did not have respect for the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would not pay any attention to you.
Isaiah 26:13 Lord our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us, but your name alone do we honor.
If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand.
Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.
Matthew 4:10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
Luke 4:8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”
Luke 12:33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.
Luke 18:22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
Mark 10:18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.
Acts 20:19 I served the Lord with great humility and with tears and in the midst of severe testing by the plots of my Jewish opponents.
Acts 26:7 This is the promise our twelve tribes are hoping to see fulfilled as they earnestly serve God day and night. King Agrippa, it is because of this hope that these Jews are accusing me.
Acts 27:3 Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me
Romans 12:7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;
Ephesians 6:7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people,
1 Timothy 5:5 The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help
1 Chronicles 28:9 “And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought.
Jeremiah 2:2 “Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem: “This is what the Lord says: “‘I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you loved me and followed me through the wilderness, through a land not sown.
1 Corinthians 7:35 I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.
2 Corinthians 11:3 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
Hebrews 11:26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.