Good morning everyone! I hope your week is going well and that your are coming closer to Christ each day.
This past weekend, the lectionary pointed us to the Gospel of Mark, in the story of Jesus healing blind Bartimaeus: ( Mark 10:46-52)
46 And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.”50 And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51 And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him,“Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” 52 And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.
There were many ways to preach this passage, but what spoke to me this week was Jesus asking Bartimeaus, “what do you want me to do for you?” This was the same question that Jesus asked James and John in Mark: 10:36. James and John were concerned with positions of prestige and power (sitting at Jesus’ left and right hand). Bartimeaus wanted something much more practical; he wanted to be able to see.
So, the question becomes, “what do you want Jesus to do for you?” Do you want Him to lift you to a place of power and prestige like James and John (glorifying you), or do you want something much more practical like seeing?
I asked my congregations this week, “What do you want Jesus to do for you?” Some of the responses were:
“Make me a better person.” “Help me to be a better listener.” “Forgive me.” “Peace.” “Assure me that I’m going to heaven.” “Heal me physically.” “Heal my loved ones.”
So, what is is that you want Jesus to do for you? Do you want Him to do something that glorifies yourself, or glorifies Him?
Pray: Holy Lord, we all want you do to something for us. We yearn; we long for you to help us in our lives. Please let our motivations be pure.