Question #5“What do you want me to do for you?”
Luke 18:41 ESV
Jesus seldom provides easy answers, but He always asks hard questions!
As Jesus, surrounded by a crowd approaches Jericho, a blind beggar begins shouting “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Rebuked by those near him to quiet down and leave Jesus alone he picks up the intensity and volume of his desperation. Jesus responds – and if you know anything at all about this One who came to minister and take on the sins, hurts and hopelessness of mankind, you’re not surprised that He stops.
The question we’re looking at this week is coming, but we must admit that He already knew the answer. It was pretty easy to see the sightless eyes and take in the clothes and demeanor of someone who lived on handouts. Yet He asked the question: “What do you want me to do for you?”
“I want to see.” Obviously!! Yet he could have settled for far less. He could have asked for increased donations to his plight. He could have asked for a bigger bucket or a stronger stick. But he wanted more. He desired everything he could get from Jesus.
My challenge to you this week is to respond to this question in your life by not asking for things you could come by yourself.
- Don’t ask Jesus to balance your budget when you continue overspending.
- Don’t ask for health when you overeat and increase your couch time.
- Don’t ask for good friends if you shun relationships and give people a cold shoulder.
- Don’t ask for more time when you waste much of the time you do have.
- Don’t ask for more spiritual knowledge when you don’t act on what you have been given.
Ask him for things you can’t get for yourself. You need salvation … it only comes from him. You need peace … and in a storm He’s the only one who can give it. You need wisdom that goes beyond what you get from education. At times you need comfort that is supernatural. Can you get those on your own? No … no more than Bartimaeus could produce his own healing.
We get this question from Jesus because wants us to ask Him for more … more of what we need, not just what we want!
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