Reading through the Gospel books in the Bible, I have recently been struck with the crowd’s perception of Jesus. Throngs sought Him out for their own needs. Whether for healing, food or spiritual deliverance, each one wanted Him to meet an individual concern. Did they follow Him out of a desire for a relationship with Him or for what they could get from Him?
In pondering the crowd’s responses, I must ask this question: Did they want His gifts or did they want Him? How many times are our prayers mostly laced with Lord give me this or grant me that? Do we prefer to worship Him or petition Him? Can we just be satisfied to be with Him as opposed to bombarding Him with I need this now? Are our requests motivated through relationship or ongoing need?
The people of His day are really no different from us. If He does not respond as we think He must, we become disillusioned and spiritually distant. He is God, Himself, knowing all that we need before we even ask. He desires a vibrant relationship with us going far beyond our attitude of give me what I want and quick.
I challenge us all to move from an attitude of I deserve to be blessed so do it now, Lord, to people praising Him for sacrificially choosing to become our King.