“And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death.”
Peter had a great desire to follow the LORD all the way to death, but he lacked the ability to turn his desire into reality. He, like many believers, want to do what is right, but they tend to lack the qualities it takes to be able to turn their desire to serve the LORD into reality. Let me share with you the six character qualities it takes to be able to turn your desire into reality.
First, have a desire to go with Jesus unreservedly. Too many put reservations on how far they will go with the LORD, but you will never see your desire to serve the LORD and to be used mightily by Him until you have the desire to do so, and no limits to where that desire will take you. When you draw a line as to how far you will walk with the LORD and serve Him is where you will stop when other things pull you from that desire.
Second, don’t allow any boundaries to stop you from turning your desire into reality. You will notice that Peter’s desire was to follow the Saviour “both into prison, and to death.” Are you willing to lose everything to see your desire happen? If you are not willing to lose everything for the sake of seeing your desire become a reality, you will find that you will fall short of your desire. There can be no boundaries placed as to how far you will go with the LORD if you want to be used mightily by the LORD.
Third, be willing to sacrifice anything for your desire. In verse 35, you will see that Jesus warned the disciples that following Him would cost them money and cause them to go through battles. Many people have fallen short of their desire to follow the LORD when it costs them money. Also, many have quit serving the LORD when their desire to follow Him caused them to fight battles. If you don’t have the stomach to fight battles for truth, you will find yourself stopping as the Saviour marches forward into the battle. You can’t avoid and be afraid of battles and still follow the LORD and His truth. Following the LORD takes you into battles that you don’t enjoy fighting. A snowflake disciple will quit or accept compromise to avoid the battle that the true disciple of Christ will fight when truth is under attack.
Fourth, you must pray to turn desire into reality. You will never see your desire to follow Christ become a reality without a prayer life. Many believers struggle in the area of prayer, and their struggle to pray hurts their ability to see God work through them. You will find yourself walking away from Christ at some point in your life if your prayer life doesn’t match your desire to serve Christ unreservedly.
Fifth, to turn desire into reality you must accept God’s will over your own will. You are going to have to die to your will and accept God’s will no matter what it is if you want the LORD to use you. Many have quit serving the LORD when their will and God’s will disagree. My friend, you will often find that your will doesn’t agree with God’s will, but you must be willing to surrender your will to His will if you want Him to use you mightily.
Sixth, you must stay close to the Saviour to turn desire into reality. Peter saw his desire fade when He followed the Saviour “afar off.” Let me encourage you to stay close to the Saviour, for it is only at His side that desires become a reality.