Monday, November 15, 2010

Daily - 11/15/10

Luke 18:35-43

35 Now as he approached Jericho a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging,

36 and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening.

37 They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by."

38 He shouted, "Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!"

39 The people walking in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent, but he kept calling out all the more, "Son of David, have pity on me!"

40 Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him,

41 "What do you want me to do for you?" He replied, "Lord, please let me see."

42 Jesus told him, "Have sight; your faith has saved you."

43 He immediately received his sight and followed him, giving glory to God. When they saw this, all the people gave praise to God.

The blind man teaches us a great lesson. He hears that Jesus is nearby, and asks for his pity. People tell him to shut up, but he won't stop. He NEEDS Christ. He won't ever get to where he wants to be without Him. He doesn't fall into the worldly trap of thinking that everything is under his own control. He doesn't spend his time before Christ trying to justify why Christ should give him what he wants. He doesn't even try to list the good things he's done, and promise Christ that he'll do more if he's given the gift of sight.

He just asks for Christ's pity. Christ responds. The best part, though, is what happens next.

He followed Christ. I've got to believe that this means more than just walking around with Jesus. I believe that this man became a disciple. I believe that he put his faith completely in Christ, and committed his life to obeying Christ's words. And when people saw him, they praised God.

Like the blind man, I need to understand that I NEED Christ on a daily basis, and call out to Him for His mercy.