My last two posts were entitled:
Ask and Accept
Believe and Be Bold
Today it’s, Call on Christ.
Call on Christ? Jesus was once walking with two of His disciples, James and John, towards Jerusalem. After Jesus finished explaining very clearly to them that He would soon be condemned to death, they quickly changed the subject, disregarding Jesus’ important words about His future. Instead, James and John were focused on themselves, and from this self-centered mindset, they said, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask of You.” And Jesus said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?” James and John selfishly asked to sit on either side of His throne when He came to power. They called on Christ to do something for their own glory, not God’s glory; therefore, Jesus could not give them what they wanted (See Mark 10:32-45).
Call on Christ! However, there once was a blind man named Bartimaeus. As Jesus was heading to Jerusalem with his disciples, they could hear Bartimaeus crying out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many were sternly insisting that he stop his persistent cries, but he kept calling on Christ, whom he believed to be the Messiah (this is why he called Jesus the “Son of David”). Jesus heard Bartimaeus and answered him by saying, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man quickly responded, “Rabboni (meaning ‘my Master’), I want to regain my sight.” Jesus chose to heal Bartimaeus’ blind eyes because of his faith-filled heart. Once he regained his sight, Bartimaeus began to follow Jesus on the road, bringing glory to his Healer, instead of glory to himself. (See Mark 10:46-52).
When looking at these two contrasting stories, I am convicted. Often, I catch myself asking the Lord for things that are centered around me: my comfort, my kids, my plans. Much like the disciples in the above story, I have an agenda and I want God to fill it, sooner than later. And if God says “no”, I’m confused and hurt. But then, the Lord speaks, calling me to remember who He is, and reminding me that He indeed wants to bless me in His own purposeful way. Like Bartimeaus, He wants to open my eyes to His grace and to His glory which is far better than any fleshly achievement or human pleasure.
When you call on Christ, my friend, call on Him with blind eyes of faith, fully trusting Him to do His beautiful things in your life, things that will both benefit your character and bring Him glory. He cannot answer our selfish prayers because He loves us too much. He wants to give you and me much more than personal success or human comfort; He wants to give us Himself.
Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations. Eph. 3:20-21
Arise, shine; for your light has come,
And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For behold, darkness will cover the earth
And deep darkness the peoples;
But the Lord will rise upon you
And His glory will appear upon you.
Nations will come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising. Isaiah 60:1-3
You sent your Son to be the Light of the world. We don't have to walk in darkness, dismay, or doubt. May we use your word as a lamp and your Spirit as our guide to take the next step in our pre-planned-paths. Amen.