24 August 2020
Luke 18:41 NLT What do I Want
Jesus asks a blind man, “What do you want me to do for you?”
This is a funny question to ask a blind man. What else would he have asked for? Makes me think of me. God sees my greatest need, yet what have I asked him for?
My requests usually involve my personal mental, emotional and physical comfort, but God knows my real need is to have a heart like Jesus regardless of my circumstances. Do I ever ask for that?
Revelation 3:20 says that Jesus stands at the door and knocks. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. I see him, I hear him & I’m invited by him, but it’s up to me to climb down the tree, like Zacchaeus did, call out to him like this blind man did, and open the door. Yesterday at church Rob asked which is more exciting – opening the door for time with Jesus or opening the door for an Amazon box? It’s funny because my priorities are often focused on temporary comfort and excitement of the box.
James 4:1 describes my natural and regular motives...
What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? You want what you don’t have... You are jealous of what others have... Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask... your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.
That’s why Jesus asks, “What do you want me to do for you?” Clearly, regular me wants a magic genie not a Savior. What I want him to do isn’t what he came to do for us.
Thankfully, he knows what I really need; he came to give me a new heart, a heart that isn’t lead my evil desires, jealousy or wishful thoughts. Jesus has saved me, and that doesn't mean that now it’s time to focus on what a person’s heart is focused on before he saves. My greatest need is to have a heart shaped like Jesus’ heart. And that will always my greatest need.
What do I really want Jesus to do for me?
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)
You are kind. You know what I needed before I did and generously offer it through your Son and through your Holy Spirit. Thank you that I do not have to be guided by my natural concerns. Thank you for helping me have a heart like your Son’s in whose name I pray, amen.
PS My take on the conclusion of the Blind Man’s story... Jesus told him his faith has healed him. That means the man believed in Jesus before he restored his sight. That means that man didn’t just want his vision back; he specifically wanted to lay eyes on the One who saves. Jesus is the one thing to him that’s really worth seeing!