Jesus stopped, called them, and said, “What do you want me to do for you?” They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.” Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him. (Matthew 20:32–34)
Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.” (Jeremiah 1:12, NKJV)
If Jesus were to stop by your home, what one request would you have for him? I believe today’s passages suggest a request that should be high on our priority list: Lord, please open our eyes. But unlike the men in this story, we do not need physical sight, we need spiritual sight. We need sight to understand who God is and what he desires for us.
In our relationship with the Lord, each one of us should have the desire to see and understand God’s will for us in the time we have remaining in this world. We need to understand what God wants us to do. Paul prayed for the Ephesians: “I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, will give you spiritual wisdom and revelation in your growing knowledge of him,—since the eyes of your heart have been enlightened—so that you can know what is the hope of his calling, what is the wealth of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the incomparable greatness of his power toward us who believe, as displayed in the exercise of his immense strength” (Ephesians 1:17–19).
In the Matthew passage above, the men received their sight. Then what did they do? They followed Jesus! As we consider this story, the questions for you and me are:
Do we have a desire to really see Jesus?
Are we willing to follow him?
In the Jeremiah passage, the Lord said, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.” When we “see well” what God desires of us, then we are in a position where he can perform his Word in and through us.
“… for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13, ESV)
Today, ask yourself:
Do I truly have a desire for God to reveal how he wants me to use my time, talent, and treasure to advance his kingdom? In what ways am I following through (or not) with what he is revealing to me?
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