Pastor viewpoint: 'I don't want it' or 'I do want it'
I have noticed as I walk and talk like Jesus, sometimes people are either confused or upset toward me. Their confusion comes about because they wonder why anyone would get so
serious about living for Jesus. This is especially true about unbelievers. Although they know
something is wrong in their life they don't understand how or why to improve their life. When
they watch and hear Christian people, their conclusion is "I don't want it!"
Fear and stubbornness seem to work together. An example of this is a person who feels very sick. They ache and hurt all the time. They fear going to a doctor because of what they will find
out. They also fear a doctor because of cost or embarrassment. Doing nothing about it becomes
acceptable. If anyone mentions to them what they should do, they answer with a stubborn
answer. Then that stubbornness settles into their life. They accept the problem and carry it with
them. Every time the opportunity comes around to resolve the problem, the response comes
from fear and stubbornness. The response is "I don't want it!"
There are others who don't live with pain or anguish, but rather they live with a purpose of achievement and self-satisfaction. There is nothing that can stop them from total enjoyment.
Money, material things and entertainment are the way to live life. They act like the "prodigal
son" Jesus taught about in Luke 15. Jesus made it clear how destructive living this life can be. This wasteful son had a father who was patient, kind and wise. But the son responded, "I don't
Becoming a Christian, deciding to follow and believe Jesus, is a choice. Jesus has always
given the world a choice. All of us can choose to hold on to our sinful life, thinking that
somehow a "cure" will come along that I can accept. There is a point in time in everyone's life
when God is asking us to make that choice. Psalm 14:1 has a warning about being foolish. It
says that only a fool declares there is no God. In essence, that foolish person says, "I don't
For many people in many churches this is a season of reflection and prayer. Reading more
Scripture, or devotionals is helpful. More time spent in church or watching Christian films might
be what people want. The importance of all this is to stand up and be counted for what you
believe. Even though there are many around us who do not believe in Jesus, we can help them.
Make sure to "speak the truth in love" (Ephesians 4:15).
Jesus spoke the truth about God and people were confused and upset. He offered them the
choice to relieve their sinful nature and the suffering it caused. Their response was "I don't
As Jesus died to forgive our sins and bring immediate access to God, He asked God to
forgive the sins of the ones who hung him on the cross. He knew their fear and stubbornness.
He knew about their confusion and anger. For all the people who have rejected Him by saying
"I don't want it," He still died in their place. He still offers the choice to turn and say, "I DO
During these 40 days and on the special holy days coming up, bring someone along with
you. Pray for them, encourage them and wait for God to change their hearts and their words.