Often times we walk through life with a sense of want. But for what?
There is a passage in Mark 10:46-52 that has gained my attention.
Jesus asks a blind man, “What do you want?”
My first reaction was, “Uh … Hey, Jesus. Isn’t that a little too obvious?”
You would think that if a blind man was screaming out to meet a man known for healing the sick and giving sight to the blind, he must have one thing on his mind, sight!
One thing we know for sure, Jesus understood people. And if he knew anything, he knew people don’t always know what they want, even when it is obvious. Can you relate?
So back to my original question, “What do you want?” Is it obvious?
Sometimes we have to slow down long enough to know what we want. It is kind of like being hungry but not knowing what for. Ask any guy who has ever taken a pretty girl out for dinner and you will understand. Some things are less than obvious!
So, what can we learn from the story that might help us discover what we want and how to get it?
- Slow down! Take time to know what you want. Listen to your heart and your head will follow. The blind man knew what he wanted.
- The blind man wasn’t going to let anyone stand in his way. It has been said that if you don’t have a vision, somebody will give you one. The blind man may not have been able to see but he did have a vision!
- The blind man cried out believing that Jesus would give him what he wanted. He had faith. He believed.
One thing we can know for sure, if what we want doesn’t require faith, then we probably don’t want enough!
What? I don’t want enough? It is very possible. If what you want doesn’t require God, then it is very likely you can handle it on your own. But if you really want to see things happen, start to want something that requires God to get involved.
I have come to learn that there are somethings that the Lord will only do by invitation. He is a polite gentleman. He doesn’t require us to invite him into our circumstances. Oh, but when we do, we start to SEE things like we have never SEEN before.
The blind man knew what he wanted? Do you?
The writer of the book of Hebrews challenges us with this thought, “Without faith it is impossible to please God.”
Does what you want require faith? If not, perhaps you don’t want enough!