I grew up in the age of “I Dream of Jennie.” As a young boy I would often dream of what it would be like to have a Genie in a bottle or as we so often think of in a lamp. I had play out that initial conversation 100 times, as the genie first apears and ask for my three wishes. over the years the first two wishes changed but the third was always the same… 100 more wishes.
I have imagined a thousand time what it would be like to have your every wish come true. Even just writing about it I can relive that great feeling of never worrying about anything, the fun euphoric feeling of getting your wishes fulfilled one by one. What a wonderful feeling it must be when the “Make a Wish” foundation is able to make a child’s wish come true, when their face lights up with excitement. Who would not love that feeling.
Today I often settle for simply getting excited and that greet feeling of personal triumph when through a series of coupons, and sale prices I can sometimes get a grocery store to pay me 10 cents to take a product home with me.
But there is a way to get everything you ask for – just by asking. No lamp rubbing is required for this one. The one providing for my every request is none other than the Creator of Heaven and Earth. The one who designed and hung the stars in place, naming them all one by one. It is the one who alone is worthy to be called God.
“...ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.” John 15:7b
No before you start writing those 12 page theological emails to me about God not being a genie or a butler waiting to answer our every request, let me tell you that while I am no master theologian, this much I know, “Jesus said it, I believe it, ‘Nuf said!” We really are able to live in that wonderful state of bliss, with that wonderful euphoric feeling of getting your wishes to come true.
It is available to you, and to me, and to all who would take Jesus at his Word. Lets take a look at this larger section of John’s Gospel for the secret to ultimate wish fulfillment!
1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.
John 15:1-7 (NIV)
Did you catch the secret to wish fulfillment? If we remain connected to the vine, and his Words remain in us we can expect whatever we wish for to be given to us. When we remain in Jesus, connected to the vine, we allow all that the vine is – to flow through us. Our strength, our life, our all flows through the roots, up the vine and into us branches. We do not exist alone and on our own, we are part of the plant, we are connected to Christ.
My desire is and always has been, thanks to my selfish sinful nature, to get my wishes fulfilled! What a blessing to discover that it is God’s will for me as well. He is ready and willing to grant all my desires and wishes that are born our of a deep connection to Him. Do you see it yet? The desire and wishes of one who is connected to the vine come not from ourselves but from Christ! What a blessing he allows us to experience the joy of wishes fulfilled, every wish… drawn from the Life of Christ who flows through us.
For me this is fantastic motivated to stay connected, to keep growing in Christ, that I might know each day the joy of dreams and wishes fulfilled.
Just a branch hanging on for dear life to the vine of Christ, and enjoying life along the way – filled with His desires.