what do you want ?

Mar 8, 2023


The mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus (Mt 20), humbly bowing low and ready to speak. But Jesus got in first asking “What is it you want?”

That question reminds me of the Spice Girls hit a dozen years ago with its repetitive lyric: tell me what you want what you really really want…

Perhaps our problem is that we don’t know what we really want?

When Mrs Zebedee is asked she stumbles an answer seeking power and wealth for her two boys in Jesus’ kingdom.

We might dream of a magic moment when a magician appears offering us three wishes. We fantasise about what we might ask for.

But let’s now remember that this is the stuff of fairy tales. Magician’s don’t appear to us offering instant prizes.

No problem – something better is on offer: Today Jesus is offering us our heart’s desire, gazing directly at each of us asking: “What is it you want?

How do I respond?

I can try to think about what I want, what I think i need…

…or I can ask Jesus to reveal to me my heart’s desire, what it is that I really really want.

I’m going to make this my prayer today.


FFF IN THE CAFE… Send your name and the name of a cafe or bar to john@fff.org.nz Scribble FFF on a table napkin, take a seat and wait.


Wednesday 8 March 2023
12.30pm Black & White Coffee Cartel, Merrin Street (Directions) Bridget

Monday 13 March 2023 (and every Monday)
10.00am at Moko (Kudos) in the Bush Inn Centre Christchurch (Directions) Trish

Tuesday 14 March 2023
10.30am at Zenders 44 Hopkins Road, Newstead, Hamilton (Directions). Christina

And watch this space for one coming up in Fairlie, South Canterbury.



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