Thursday, June 23, 2011

Answering, When Jesus Asks The Question

As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed Him. And two blind men sitting by the road, hearing that Jesus was passing by, cried out, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David !"  The crowd sternly told them to be quiet, but they cried out all the more, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!" And Jesus stopped and called them, and said, "What do you want Me to do for you?" They said to Him, "Lord, we want our eyes to be opened." Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him. ~Matthew 20:29-34 (NASB)
'Mount Saint Helen's'
© Maleko 2011
After reading this verse it occurred to me that wherever Jesus went people cried out Him.  Especially those that had been shunned by society, the outcasts, the rejects, those who had lost all hope the things of this world or in saving themselves. It is still true today even after 2000 years, that when we are hurt, lost and without hope we cry out to God.  I believe in those moments those who profess no belief in God may also find themselves calling out to 'God'?

Throughout life we cry out when in distress, more silently as we age, and we are comforted by family, by friends and by God.  But what really struck me was Jesus response, he stopped, called to them and asked "What do you want Me to do for you?"  The God of the universe did not indicate that He already knew what they wanted, He asked and waited for their answer.

Jesus is asking this very same question even today, to each and everyone of us,   
"What do you want Me to do for you?"

Are you able to answer this question clearly?  Do you know what it is that you want Jesus to do for you? Specifically?  So often we want for lack of asking. The blind men new exactly what they wanted Jesus to do for them, "Lord, we want our eyes to be opened."  Clear and straight to the point.

Spend some time thinking about how will respond when Jesus asks you "What do you want Me to do for you?" and post your thoughts in the comments.  I will respond with my answer to the question in a later post but initially my answer evaded and puzzled me greatly.

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