For Me

            A while ago I was stopped in my tracks by an intriguing notion.  Think about this.What if you were approached one day by someone who could, and would, grant your greatest wish.  What would you ask for if you could have anything you wanted?  Would you have to stop and think about it, or are you 100% sure you know what you want.  Do you even believe it’s possible to have what you want?  Never mind whether you deserve it.  Do you want personal freedom? To be with family?  To be rich?  Is what you want really what you need?  If you got it, would you be the sole beneficiary, or would you think of the wants and needs of others?  What if Jesus Christ Himself offered to serve you by giving you what you want?  Would Jesus really do such a thing?  Indeed, He did.  Two accounts of healings  teach surprising lessons of God’s dealings with people..

            John 5:1-9—“After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.”  Here’s a lame, dependent man who thought he knew what he wanted.  His way of life was a set routine.  He wouldn’t discover who Jesus was until a little later.  As a result, he didn’t answer Jesus’ question directly.  Jesus didn’t argue, since He knew this man’s deepest needs.  He gave him a simple command, which the man had sense enough to obey.  This began a new adventure that went beyond a mere physical healing.

            Mark 10:46-52—“And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.”  Notice Jesus’ reply: “What wilt thou that I should do unto thee?”  Isn’t it remarkable that the Son of God would ask such a simple, humble question?  Notice also that Bartimaeus knew who Jesus was and knew exactly what he wanted for himself.  When he received it, he became one of Jesus’ followers.  Would you have this same attitude?

            Pray to God that His Spirit will move you to want and ask for what He wills..

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