What do you want…?

Luke 18:35-43

As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind beggar was sitting beside the road. When he heard the noise of a crowd going past, he asked what was happening. They told him that Jesus the Nazarene was going by. So he began shouting, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

 “Be quiet!” the people in front yelled at him.

But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

When Jesus heard him, he stopped and ordered that the man be brought to him. As the man came near, Jesus asked him,  “What do you want me to do for you?”

“Lord,” he said, “I want to see!”

 And Jesus said, “All right, receive your sight! Your faith has healed you.”  Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus, praising God. And all who saw it praised God, too.

 Persistence paid off.  Faith in the source of healing brought results.  The man was rebuked, told to be quiet and ignored the crowd.  Bucked the crowd!  His focus was on the Lord, his source of healing. And yet the question addressed to him was; What do you want me to do for you?  Huh?  He is described by his handicap-blind.  And his answer does not address the question. I want to see.  Not I want you to…  The result came back on him; Receive, your faith has healed you.  Not I will touch and heal you. Receive.  He believed, enough to keep calling, enough to get Jesus’ attention.  The belief, faith was what brought the healing.

 Jesus says elsewhere; faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains, or uproot trees. Jesus is our source, what allows us to tap that source is our faith, our belief.  So much of what we receive, or don’t depends upon us.  Our degree of faith and where we look to for what we need.  What do you want me to do?  What do we want him to do? Ultimately it rests upon our faith in him.  God does not will that any perish, can it be said, suffer?  It is in line with His will to ask, seek and receive.  Where is our faith?  What do we want him to do?  Do we truly believe what we believe is really real?

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