Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
So often people cry out, “God, I want more of you.” That sounds good, but do people know what they mean when they tell God they want more of Him?
There are some things to consider before telling God you want more of Him. First of all, having more of God means having less of self.
'All of Me Wants All of You'
God is not interested in a joint partnership. He doesn't want to be your "better half." He doesn't want shared custody of you only on the weekends. God wants you to want all of Him, and He wants all of you. He deserves to be the sole deity in your life. He is a jealous God and the very first commandment is "Thou should have no other gods before me" (Exodus 20:2 and Deuteronomy 5:6). God wants to be above everything in your life, even above yourself. In other words, God does not want to share you with you.
John Legend wrote the song "All of Me" for his wife Chrissy Teigen. He sang it to her on their wedding day. The song is so expressive because the singer puts his heart into the song and the music that goes along with the lyrics.
Legend has won many awards for his song. It can be a love song to God as well. You should want all of the God who created you. While you are wanting all of God, He is wanting all of you.
You might have heard it said that God loves you as if you were the only one to love.
Are You Rationalizing?
Sometimes when a person says he needs more of God before he can work in the Kingdom of God, it might be because he is rationalizing. It sounds like he is giving himself an excuse not to do effective service. It seems as if he is saying in essence, “I can’t do all I should be doing because I don’t have more of God.”
It is as though the person is blaming God for not equipping him in the way he thinks he needs to be equipped to do God's work. Working in the kingdom of God is not limited to preaching in the pulpit or going on missionary trips. Working in the kingdom of God might be something as simple as picking up a piece of trash off the sanctuary floor.
"What Are You Doing With What You Have?
When you cry out to God, “I want more of you,” God asks, “What are you doing with what you have?” God says, “You don’t need more of me. You need to work with what you already have.”
God has given everyone something to work with. He gave Moses a staff. He gave David five smooth stones. He gave a little boy lunch to give to Jesus. Everyone has something to contribute to the Kingdom of God even if God gives them nothing else.
God is NOT going to put any more within you than He already put within you. When we were created, God put everything in us to carry out His plans for our lives. He is not going to put anything else in the Bible. He is not going to add another promise. He has already given us the ultimate gift. The gift of His Son.
We should work with whatever God He has already given us that includes His word, His promises, and His Son, Jesus Christ.
Let’s use what God has already given us by using what God has already put in us. He gave us the internal, the invisible, and the spiritual. It is up to us to do the external, the visible, and the physical. Here are just some of the biblical characters who did what needed to be done without saying they needed more of God.
- Abraham left his country as God commanded.
- Moses stretched out his rod and led the Israelites through the Red Sea.
- David picked up smooth stones to conquer Goliath.
- The little boy relinquished his lunch for Jesus to feed five thousand, besides women and children.
The next time you are tempted to tell God you want more of Him, remember these things, and act accordingly.