Saturday, February 2, 2013

"What Do You Want Me to Do?"

Jesus stopped and called them. 
“What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.
Matthew 20:31 (NIV)

Jesus and His disciples were leaving Jericho one day when they came upon two blind men by the side of the road. The men called out to Jesus, "Have mercy on us." Jesus stopped and, to my way of thinking, asked them an odd question:

"What do you want Me to do for you?"

Hmm.... it seems obvious to me that these two blind men would want to see. Why would Jesus ask them this question?

Another time, Jesus was in Jerusalem by the pool of Bethsaida. There was a man lying there on a pallet who had been paralyzed for thirty-eight years. Again, Jesus asks an odd question:

"Do you want to get well?"

Wait... what? Isn't it obvious that the man would want to be well? Whether we need a physical, emotional, mental or relational healing, our life will be different once we receive it.

Do you want to get well?
What do you want Him to do for you?

I was meditating on these questions this morning and I wondered how many things I haven't received from the Lord because I maybe really didn't want them? The fear of the unknown can prevent many of us from receiving the highest blessings and purposes of God. 

Have you asked yourself any questions like these?

  • What would my life look like if I had that job with more responsibility?
  • What would my life be if I were totally and completely healed?
  • What would it look like if I stepped into that place of ministry to which God has called me?

We have no idea what we are asking for... for each one of these scenarios (and there are many more) would change our lives completely! Are we ready for it? Do we really want it? Sure, we have the faith to believe for God's provision, His healing and His calling, but...what would it look like?

Fear of the unknown... is it holding you back? He is waiting for you to answer His question; and when you do, your life will never be the same.

"Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. 
Immediately they received their sight and followed Him."
Matthew 20:35

"'Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.' 
At once the man was cured; 
he picked up his mat and walked."
John 5:8,9

"For God's gifts and His call are irrevocable. 
[He never withdraws them when once they are given, 
and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.]"

Romans 11:29 (AMP)

Are you ready to answer His question: 
"What do you want me to do?"

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