WHAT DO YOU WANT?

By Pastor Shane Guldi
Scripture Reading: Mark 10:32-34; 46-52
 
“My Rabbi, ” the blind man said, “I want to see!”  Mark 10:51b (NLT)
 
At 48 years old, I find myself wearing progressive bifocals. This year’s prescription is a little stronger than last year’s. I walk around always trying to find the “sweet spot” as I try to focus on things near and far. However, I am glad that I have this struggle as opposed to the struggle that Bartimaeus had in Mark. He was completely blind. 
 
Blindness is spoken of in a couple of different ways in the Bible. One is physical and the other is spiritual. However, the Bible makes it crystal “clear” that spiritual blindness is much worse. Strange thing is – a person is usually unaware of spiritual blindness. And while many times physical blindness can be corrected, there is nothing that humans can do about spiritual blindness. Only God can cure such a condition.  
 
“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked Bartimaeus. Now let’s stop there. Bartimaeus was not only blind, but also poor, a beggar, hungry, mocked, and humiliated, along with other things. Among all the things he could have asked for, he asked to receive his sight. Because of Bartimaeus’ faith, he received both physical and spiritual sight.
 
Let’s not lie to ourselves. Today, all of us are at some level of blindness. No one has perfect spiritual vision. Today Jesus is asking us, “What do you want Me to do for you?”  So the question is, “What do we want Him to do for us?”

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