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"What Ought I Do For Christ"

By Peggy Byland,
"Out of Mouths... From the Heart"

“And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, ‘Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’” (Mark 10:17)

“And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, ‘Then who can be saved?’ Peter began to say to him, ‘See, we have left everything and followed you.’” (Mark 10:26, 28)

“James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to him and said to him, ‘Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.’ 36 And he said to them, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ 37 And they said to him, ‘Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.’”   (Mark 10:35-37)

In our best intentions we ask God for a blessing. “What can I do to inherit eternal life?”  “I have left everything and followed you.”  “Grant us the privilege of sitting at your right and left hand in your glory.”

We focus on the “I,” “me,” and “us” of our journey with Jesus.  We act impulsively in our own self-interest.  We revert to our human default rather than pursue our divine purpose in God.

To each person desiring to follow Jesus, he asks what is hardest to give: possessions from the rich, relationships from those who live strong in family, the ultimate sacrifice of death from those who would be immortalized.

Out of great love and concern for us and our world, Jesus calls us; ideally, we respond in love and not in fear or obligation.  We risk all to gain all.

When Jesus asks us, “What do you want me to do for you?” our response need be Christ-centered, not self-centered.  With Bartimaeus, the blind man, Jesus wishes our response to be, “Open my eyes, allow me to recover my sight, let me see you.”  My will is Your will, God.  Permit me to see how you can use me.  Give me a desire to be close to you.  Daily, steadfastly, faithfully, let me do what you would have me do.  “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”  Give me the grace to humbly meet your people with the Good News of our salvation.  Use my hands and feet to feed the poor, give drink to the thirsty, cloth the naked.  And by doing so, may the glory be all yours, Heavenly Father.

(Mark 10:51-52) And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.”  And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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