The desire of your heart
SUMMARY: In John 12:1-3 and 7-8, Jesus attends a dinner in his honor at Lazarus' house, where Mary anoints his feet with expensive perfume. From this text, the speaker suggests that the fulfillment of our heart's desire is not an accident and that Jesus desires that we have him for ourselves. He encourages us to ask Jesus what he desires for us and align our desires with God's divine desires, which will unleash power, peace, contentment, satisfaction, and joy in our lives. The speaker also shares his personal experiences of dissolving in God's presence, which he believes is an end in itself, without needing a purpose or explanation. Scripture is full of references to dissolving in God's presence as an act of worship.
This passage discusses the desires that the Lord has for people. Firstly, it is to be in the Lord's presence and to dissolve in it. Secondly, it is to seek the Kingdom of God and to have contentment in life. Thirdly, it is to have harmony in one's home and fulfill the roles that God has for each person. Lastly, it is to fulfill one's purpose and destiny in life. The passage references the story of Mary and Martha, where Mary pours expensive perfume on Jesus' feet, and emphasizes that every moment in one's life is intended by God for a purpose.
Your life is a dinner in Jesus' honor and he wants to fill it with good things. Ask him for your daily needs, harmony in your home, and for him to fulfill his plan in your life. Jesus is knocking at the door, if you let him in, he will come in and have dinner with you.
For many years I would read these three or four verses and I’d get a knot in my throat because I sensed something very, very beautiful was happening in this room, and that I would have loved to be a fly on the wall. It’s out of John, chapter 12, verses 1 through 3 and then we’re going to skip down to verses 7 through 8.
My suggestion tonight is that your desire for your life, your true desire, what you really want out of your life and the Lord’s desire for your life, the answer to those questions, the Lord through the Holy Spirit has woven that into what is said and what is not said in these three or four verses. So we’re going to start with John chapter 12. I’m going to read from verses 1 to 3 and just for the sake of tonight’s text we’re going to skip down to verses 7 through 8.