READ : John 15:1-11
Ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. (v. 7)
Once when I was six years old, as my family was driving home at twilight, I looked out the window from the backseat and noticed the first star of the evening come out. I whispered to myself, “Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight.” I squeezed my eyes shut and begged that star for a thousand Barbie dolls. When we got home, I dashed to the basement where my Barbies were kept—but alas, no new dolls awaited me.
It’s a childish example, but it demonstrates that Jesus isn’t in the genie business, offering to grant our every wish regardless of how outlandish or irrelevant it might be to his kingdom. He qualifies the conditions under which the wish will be granted: “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you” (v. 7). This is the key: abiding.
When we abide in Christ, our life is tucked away into his. We are connected to him at the root. What is true of his life becomes true of ours. And when we allow his words to abide in us, they begin to shape our consciousness, our desires, our longings—to the point that what we wish for is aligned with God’s own longings for the world. Then we can ask whatever we wish, and it will be done.
Vine, nourish us, your branches, so that our lives and longings correspond to yours.