Published July 5, 2011

Shelia Shares....
"What Do You Want?"

When God drops by where you are, what do you want from Him? What do you really want?

Don't tell me you don't have any needs. We all have needs. We all have wants. We all have concerns. What do you want from God? What do you really want?

In Mark 10:46-52 is the story of Blind Bartimaeus. He sat by the road but persisted in calling to Jesus. Others told him to be quiet. He kept calling. Jesus came by, told him to come and asked, "What do you want me to do?" Bartimaeus said, "I want to see." Jesus answered — and no longer was he "blind" Bartimaeus.

In Luke 19, Jesus was going through the city of Jericho. Zacchaeus was there and wanted to see Jesus. He was too short, so he climbed a tree. When Jesus came to the spot, he looked up and there was Zacchaeus. He told him to hurry down, so they could eat together at Zacchaeus' house. Zacchaeus obeyed immediately, welcomed Jesus, volunteered to make it right with those he had cheated and Jesus said, "Salvation has come to this house today."

Jesus met the needs in these stories. One was physical and one was spiritual. Both people knew what they needed.

In both cases the needy people did something. Blind Bartimaeus kept calling until Jesus answered. Short Zacchaeus climbed – moved to where Jesus was – so he was in place to meet Jesus when He came by.

Are you persistent in calling to Jesus with your needs? When others tell you to just quit, do you continue to call and trust Jesus to answer?

Are you where Jesus is? Do you need to climb up so you can see Jesus better? Do you need to move from wrong places or wrong friends or wrong actions? Do you position yourself where Jesus will come by?

Do you need to do something as an act of faith in Jesus? Do you need to forget your self-sufficiency and admit your dependence on Jesus? When Jesus meets you and asks, "What do you want," are you prepared to answer?

- Shelia

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