Thursday, March 3, 2011

3/3/11 - I Want To See

Mark 10:46-52
As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd,
Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus,
sat by the roadside begging.
On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth,
he began to cry out and say,
“Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.”
And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent.
But he kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me.”
Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called the blind man, saying to him,
“Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.”
He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus.
Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?”
The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.”
Jesus told him, ‘Go your way; your faith has saved you.”
Immediately he received his sight
and followed him on the way.
I can relate to Bartimaeus.  I may not be blind, but there are a lot of things that I don't see.  I want to see the world the way Jesus wants me to see it. 
I want to see Christ more in my daily life.  I want to see Him in people I meet. In my friends, and "not so much" friends.  In my wife.  In my kids.
I want to see Him in my work.  I want to view my work as a way to serve Him, to use what He has given me for His glory.
I want to see the spiritual world around me.  Maybe I can't visually see it, but I want to be aware of it.  What we physically can see is only part of what is really going on.  There is a whole invisible world with saints, angels, and demons.  I don't want to be obsessed with things like demons, but I definitely don't want to be blind to them.  I want to see them for what they are, and react as God wants me to react.
I want to see Jesus in creation, because through Him all things were made.  I want to see Him in sunrises and sunsets.  In the green of spring.  In the trees, birds, and flowers.  I want to recognize that when I see something beautiful, that it all exists because of Him.
I want to see!

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