Most of us are familiar with the fruitful ministry of John Piper and Desiring God. He is passionate about finding his true and abiding joy in the supremacy of Christ. It raises an interesting question though. What about God desiring us? Is there any room in our theology for that? I’m not talking about the false teaching that there is something inherently good in us worth saving, or that we deserve grace. This is not about man centered, self-esteem boosting happy talk. However, one of the undeniable facts surrounding the selection of the Twelve was that Jesus picked the ones he wanted. Mark says he “…called to him those whom he desired” (Mark 3:13). This was a gracious calling. This is not a call for volunteers, but rather an invitation to individuals, specifically individuals who were selected by God. On this level Jesus did desire these men. He wasn’t looking for just any twelve, but these twelve. Obviously desiring God is the only way we will be satisfied and truly glorify him. Clearly we cannot draw application from this that we are inherently desirable. But isn’t it great that we can desire him because he first desired us?