Daily D – Matthew 20:32
Jesus stopped, called them, and said, “What do you want me to do for you?”
MATTHEW 20:32 (CSB)
Two out of three of my devices can connect to the internet in this hotel. This laptop is the odd device out. We are currently piggybacking off of my iPhone. So, we better make this quick. (Too late.)
Take a look at this story in verses 29-34. Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem, to the Last Supper, to the Garden of Gethsemane, to trials, to conviction, to crucifixion. Two guys were yelling at the top of their lungs as Jesus was taking those last steps toward paying the penalty for your sins and mine.
How did Jesus respond to desperate men yelling obnoxiously?
Jesus stopped (verse 32).
Jesus called them.
Jesus asked, “What do you want me to do for you?”
Take a look at this text again. These men are blind. It’s a beautiful day, but they can’t see it. And Jesus asks, “What do you want me to do for you?” Such a question today would make the Twitterverse howl.
“Lord, open our eyes.”
“Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes,” (verse 34).
Jesus wanted what they wanted. “Immediately they could see.”
They followed him. Wouldn’t you?
Where do your desires and God’s desires meet today? Feel free to take a moment to ponder the question. When you have a good answer, hear Jesus’ question again, this time addressed to you.
“What do you want me to do for you?”
This is where true prayer begins. This is where the great adventure of following Jesus begins. This is where we can look and see and embrace all that those last steps to the cross made possible.
I will look for what Jesus wants.
I will see what he sees.
I will go where he leads.
I will pray from that place where my deepest desire for myself matches God’s deepest desire for me.
Our Father, I want what you want. Amen.
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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.