Monday, 6 July 2020
Luke 18:40-41 And Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he came near, He asked him, "What do you want Me to do for you?" He said, "Lord, let me recover my sight."
The miracle of miracles happens. Jesus hears. Not only does He hear, but he cares. He cares enough to stop the whole itinerary in order to find out what the beggar wants. Perhaps the Spirit has been whispering in His ear too, warning Him to be ready for the loud beggar in Jericho. This might be the highlight of the day!
No, no, say the crowd. It's just a beggar. But Jesus isn't having any of that either. He cried out, he knows My name and I want to talk to him. So get him over here. Now. The crowd bring the beggar over to Jesus who looks him up and down and then asks the question. "Nu, what do you want?" No, not "what do you want?", but "What do you want Me to do for you?" That's quite different. Jesus didn't just reach into the money-bag and throw a few coins. He responded personally to the personal cry of the beggar.
And the beggar doesn't ask for money - the normal begging fare. That's all that most folk have to give; that or a bit of food. He doesn't ask for money because he knows that Jesus has much more to give. He doesn't really want to be given money, he wants to be able to earn his own money. He wants his life back. So he aims high. I want my sight back and, what's more, I'm asking You because somehow or other, I know that You can do that!
Do you know what Jesus can do for you? Have you asked? James tells his people, "You do not have because you do not ask" (James 4:2). Why not try asking for the moon and stop limiting yourself (and Jesus) to stuff?