Wednesday Word 1.03.2018

Mark 10:46-53

46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. 51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” 52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

How would you respond if Jesus asked you, “What do you want me to do for you?” Would you ask for health and healing for those you love? Would you ask for financial security for you and yours? World peace? The power of our Lord and Savior exceeds our imagining. We cannot begin to conceive of what Christ can do and barely what he has done for us already.

What if the reverse were to take place? What if Jesus asked you, “What do you want to do for me?” How would you respond? Would you throw aside your coat and run towards him or would you lower your eyes and slink to the back of the crowd? Jesus is calling for us every day. As we begin the New Year, let’s give some thought to what it is that Jesus has done for us. Let’s think even longer about what we can be doing to honor him, to serve in his name, to follow him along the road…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki

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