31 Days of Questions: Day 25

25

“What do you want me to do for you?”  Luke 18:40

This question makes me uncomfortable.  I kinda wish Jesus hadn’t said it.  I don’t know what to do with this one.  I would have liked it better if Jesus had asked, “What do you need me to do for you?”  After all, God cares about our basic needs.  Paul was sure of it — “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory.” (Philippians 4:19)  I’m fine with asking for needs.

I would have understood if He had said, “What more do you want me to do for you?”  It seems a bit presumptuous for me to expect more from the One who already left glory to become a human and take the punishment for all of my mistakes.  How can I ask for more?  Especially in light of the fact that I already have more than 80% of the people on this planet?

I don’t believe God wants to give me whatever I want, whenever I want it.  Besides, I don’t trust my wants.  Most of them are selfish and unnecessary.

Jesus asked a blind man, “What do you want me to do for you?”

and he replied, “I want to see.”

Oh.  Me too.

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31 Days of Questions: Day 7

7

“Do you see this woman?”  Luke 7:44

 Of course he saw her.

She was right there in his dining room.

Simon, the Pharisee, looked at her tangled hair hanging down, her shabby clothes, the dirt under her fingernails.

He observed her emotional display of tears and was repulsed.

He watched her unclean hands touch the Teacher, kiss His feet, pour perfume on them.

He thought he was witnessing an embarrassing scene, socially awkward and shameful.

But he didn’t see her.

Give me Your eyes for just one second
Give me Your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
Give me Your love for humanity

Give me Your arms for the broken hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach
Give me Your heart for the one’s forgotten
Give me Your eyes so I can see

“Give Me Your Eyes” by Brandon Heath