Ought I Do For Christ"
"Out of Mouths... From the Heart"
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.