What do you want?

A few weeks ago, I sat in a coffee shop with a well-known executive coach whose clients are among the most powerful people in the business world.

He had graciously agreed to let me “pick his brain” on the topics of coaching and leadership.

At one point in the conversation, he said, “Rusty, I’ve coached some of the top executives of some of the biggest companies in the world, and you would be shocked at the one question many of these people struggle with most.”

The question?

“What do you want?”

The reason this is surprising is because people don’t reach the pinnacle of their careers without knowing what they want. But once they get there they realize that this wasn’t exactly what they wanted after all.

That’s why they struggle with the question, according to this coach.

What about you?

Do you know what you want?

What do you want out of life?

What do you want your relationships to be like?

What do you want from a profession/career/job?

To answer these kinds of questions is to chart the course your life will go.

That’s why we find a version of the question, “What do you want?,” throughout Scripture…

Including John 6, when many people decided to leave Jesus.

At this, Jesus turned to his twelve apostles, and asked…

“You do not want to leave too, do you?” (John 6:67)

In other words…

“What do you want?”


“What do you want to do with Jesus?”

How you answer that question will dictate the direction and the quality of your life more than any other decision you make, because that answer will impact how you answer all the other questions of life.

But this is a question that we don’t just answer once.

It’s a question that we answer daily.

Each day – really each moment and each decision – we decide, through our actions, what we want to do with Jesus.

So, as you examine your life, where are your choices leading you?

Are they leading you closer to Christ or further away from Him?

What do you want?

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