Jesus asks us some simple questions that we have a very difficult time answering. One of the questions He asks is found in Matthew 20:29-34. It reads:

As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed Him. And two blind men sitting by the road, hearing that Jesus was passing by, cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” The crowd sternly told them to be quiet, but they cried out all the more, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” And Jesus stopped and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” They said to Him, “Lord, we want our eyes to be opened.” Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him.

Jesus asks everyone what they want Him to do for them. That is one of the most difficult questions to answer. We all see the results of Solomon’s answer of asking God to give him wisdom. What appeared to be a very wise answer, in the end was one of the most foolish choices he could have made. Some people choose to not answer the question at all. They hear it being asked everyday but they act as if they are deaf. Many people answer that question based on fleshly desires. How many times do we hear methods to increase church growth, church budgets, and things of that nature? Some people answer the question with desires for big houses, fancy cars, nice jewelry, and other worthless materialistic things that lead to separation from God. When we start to acquire these things, we want more. That is our flesh working at its worst. It is never satisfied. We always want more! When we hear of people who are supposed to be in positions of spiritual leadership involved in all sorts of scandals, it goes back to how they originally answered the question Jesus asked them.

As we see in Matthew 20, the blind men wanted what was most important to them. They wanted their eyes to be opened. Imagine the first thing you see for the first time is Jesus Christ! All the materialistic things they could have asked for had absolutely no value to them. They wanted to see!

Jesus asked a similar question in John 1:37-38. It states the two disciples (of John) heard him (John) speak, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following and asked to them, “What do you seek?” They said to Him, “Rabbi, where are you staying?” The two disciples of John were seeking Jesus. They didn’t say they were seeking riches, or big houses, or any other thing that they would lose. They wanted to know where He was staying to have fellowship with Him.

We have to carefully consider what we actually want Jesus to do for us. In most cases, we can actually get what we want. However, the consequences of asking for the wrong things can be extremely severe. Remember the incident in Acts 19:13-17 when the Jewish exorcist attempted to use the name of Jesus to cast out an evil spirit and that evil spirit actually responded to them. The evil spirit said to them, “I recognize Jesus, I know Paul, but who are you?” Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them, beat them up, and stripped them of their clothes. The Jewish exorcist ran out of the house naked and wounded. How embarrassing! It is just as embarrassing to see people who are overpowered by their desires of the flesh that they accumulate in the name of Jesus. We all face this battle but through Jesus, we have the power to overcome it. James 4:1 asks, “What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members?” People try to take advantage of God but little do they know, “whatsoever a man sows, he shall also reap.”

I would hope we can all fix our hearts to ask, as the blind men, that our eyes would be continuously opened to see the love of God working in and through our lives. As the disciples of John said, let us know where Jesus is staying so we can have fellowship with Him. His desire is to have communion with us. Let it be our heart’s desires to want fellowship with Him as well. He wants to be the first thing that we see when our eyes are opened and He wants to open the door so we can come and dine with Him.

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