Monday, July 28, 2014

“What do you want me to do for you?”

“What do you want me to do for you?”

After addressing the request of James and John to sit at his side in His Kingdom Jesus and the disciples are now passing through Jericho.  Along the roadside sits Bartimeaus, a blind beggar who hears the sound of the multitude that is following Jesus. When he hears who is passing by he begins to cry out, ‘Jesus, have mercy on me!’

            Immediately the crowd parts and someone brings Bartimaeus to Jesus. 

Actually, the people tell him to cease, desist, BE QUIET!

But desperate and determined he cries out all the more, ‘Jesus, have mercy on me!’ 
Jesus hears, stops and tells the people to send him over.
“Be of good cheer. Rise. He is calling you.” they tell him now.

Bartimaeus makes his way through the crowd to Jesus who says:
 “’What do you want me to do for you?’
‘Master, that I may receive my sight.’
Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way, your faith has made you well.” 
And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.”
(Mark 10:46-52)

“What do you want me to do for you?”

Seems I’ve read that question before recently. Oh, yes! That is how Jesus responded to James and John’s request earlier in the chapter.

There is a contrast between the instances that stood out to me.
1. James & John – requests to sit at his side in His Kingdom
2. Bartimaeus – requests to receive his sight

One request is based on human reasoning and desire.
The other is based on human need and faith.
            ONLY Jesus could restore His sight.

A true need vs. a perceived desire.

Which led me to ask myself: “How many requests of mine are true needs vs. a desire based upon my human reasoning?
A thought to ponder as I go before Him in daily prayer.

And on a side note:
Regarding James and John’s requests - sometimes God does say no – and He has reasons.
In some cases as with Bartimaeus - the answer is immediate – with God all things are possible.

And yes, sometimes, there is a delay. Though the account isn’t recorded in the book of Mark, I am reminded of Lazarus’ death recorded in John. Which account we just discussed in small group last night.  Even delays can have a purpose and meaning. There are times when the answer is not immediate. We must wait.

But in His love, grace, mercy and sovereignty – He is always on time. 

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