He really didn’t like to beg, but he had no other means of getting food or money.
But food and money wasn’t really what his greatest desire was.
He was blind. All he really wanted was to see. He wanted to be able to open his eyes and see the beautiful world that he lived in. He wanted to see people instead of just hearing them. He wanted to regain his sight so he could see everything.
As he sat outside Jericho, he heard the crowd getting louder and louder. What was going on?
He needed to find out.
So he asked someone, “What is happening?” They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”
His mind began racing. Jesus is near me? Jesus, the one who has performed miracles is coming my way? Jesus, the one who has the power to heal is getting ready to pass by me? Maybe he will see me and just maybe I could ask Him to heal me.
So, he did what any person in need of healing does.
He cried out to Jesus.
“Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
The crowd did not like it when he began shouting Jesus’ name. Why did they care? Were they embarassed because this blind man on the side of the road was shouting out to Jesus? Well, guess what? He didn’t care what they thought. He needed Jesus to see him. So he kept yelling until Jesus heard him, shouting even more loudly.
“Son of David, have mercy on me!”
And he heard him! He came right up to him!
A blind man.
On the side of the road.
He asked him one question, “What do you want me to do for you?
He had an easy answer to that question.
“Lord, I want to see!”
Jesus replied, “Receive your sight; your faith has saved you.”
And the impossible happened.
He regained his sight!
He could see! He could see! He could see!
Jesus healed him. He once was blind but now he could see.
And he did what anyone would do. He followed Jesus and gave all the glory to God.
(Told from the point of view of the blind beggar from Luke 18:35-42)
This story of the blind beggar who was healed was the story that got my mind racing.
What if Jesus asked me that same question He asked the blind man?
What do you want me to do for you?
What would my answer be?
Would I immediately know what I would want? Would I be able to be confident and shout out to Jesus what I wanted Him to do? Would I even say the right thing to Him?
And then like a light bulb going off in my head, I knew what I wanted Jesus to do for me.
I want to see!
My response would be just like the blind beggar’s. Even though I have my sight and can see well, I want to see with spiritual eyes. I want to have the blindfold taken off my eyes, the one that keeps me from truly seeing the Lord. I want eyes to see and a mind to comprehend His Word. I want my eyes to see others who need to hear the message of Jesus. I don’t want to walk around with this blindfold on, missing all the many opportunities of seeing Jesus in this world. He is here and He is alive! Lord, I want to see!
Do you know what you want Jesus to do for you?
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