And girls, I love the way you're turning your questions
around to make them right!
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Jesus loves your questions.
But He wants you to ask the right questions.
And sometimes Jesus will ask you a question.
In Matthew 20:29, Jesus asked two blind men a question:
"'What do you want me to do for you?' he asked." (NIV)
The two blind men were specific in their answer.
They told Jesus they'd love to see.
Like the two blind guys, Jesus wants YOU
to be specific in your conversations
"Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes.
Immediately they received their sight and followed him."
(Matthew 20:34 NIV)
I like the way The Message paraphrases the above verse:
"Deeply moved, Jesus opened their eyes."
Jesus is deeply moved when you respond
with the right focus.
Jesus asked the question.
The two guys responded specifically.
They became His followers.
Jesus was deeply moved.
Earlier, (in Matthew 20:20),
Jesus asked Mrs. Zebedee
the same question.
She was the mom of
James and John—
two of Christ's disciples.
like the two blind guys—
also responded to His question.
But her focus was completely off.
"'What is it you want?' he asked." (NIV)
And Mama Zebedee then asked if
her boys could have the two top
places of honor in God's kingdom.
"Can Jimmy and Johnnie sit at Your
right- and left-hand spots
when You set up your kingdom?
They'd look great on the right and left
of Your throne. You know . . .
with You being in the center of course."
Remember the last blog entry?
There's always a question behind the question.
What was she really asking?
"Can You make my boys important?
Cuz if You can elevate them to positions
of importance . . . it's gonna make me
feel really good about myself."
It was all about her.
Jesus saw through her question.
She had the same opportunity
the two blind guys had.
The Creator of the universe
walked right up to her and said,
"What do you want?"
Talk about a loaded question!
If her focus had been right . . .
she would have asked a different question.
It's your turn.
Think about it.
The King of kings has approached you.
And right now He's asking you a question:
"What do you want Me to do for you?"
What's your response?