Daily Reading 9-30-16
Matthew 20:29-34 New Living Translation (NLT)
I tend to be an idealist or visionary. Sometimes I can look at life…and certain things–positive opportunities–seem so clear to me; yet, I can chat with others who look at the same thing and cannot see anything positive because their focus is entirely on the negative stuff. Where we choose to place our focus determines what we see! Hint: Focus on Jesus; His Word lights the Truth of his power!
Jesus has been teaching in the town of Jericho about laying down his life so the whole world could enjoy life with God. It’s a life of serving others and being the Light of Christ to bring answers the world so desperately needs. Jesus talks about the power of God. Some of those gathered around Jesus listened to his message and some did not.
After Christ delivers his message he leaves town. Two blind men are sitting by the road. They called on Jesus the Son of David to open their eyes and help them see more clearly. Identifying Jesus as the Son of David is very telling, because it demonstrates these men recognized the supernatural Savior-the Messiah-when he spoke. They knew he brought power for change. The very fact these two blind men recognized Jesus is profound, because the spiritual leaders who said they were waiting and looking for the Messiah heard the same message and did not recognize him at all when he was sharing the Father’s heart with them about bringing salvation and serving others.
Matthew 20:29-34 Jesus Heals Two Blind Men
29 As Jesus and the disciples left the town of Jericho, a large crowd followed behind. 30 Two blind men were sitting beside the road. When they heard that Jesus was coming that way, they began shouting, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
31 “Be quiet!” the crowd yelled at them.
But they only shouted louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
32 When Jesus heard them, he stopped and called, “What do you want me to do for you?”
33 “Lord,” they said, “we want to see!” 34 Jesus felt sorry for them and touched their eyes. Instantly they could see! Then they followed him.
Begin to look beyond your own perceptions and limited vantage point; listen for the heart of the Father being expressed through others and you just may “see” Jesus, today, in someone you least expect. Getting connected to the Spirit of Love, opens our lives up to all kinds of positive opportunities with Christ.
Prayer: Jesus, you are Lord over heaven and earth and you reign Supreme over all things. You are in control of this world and you will bring your followers into your glorious Kingdom and rule. Take and use my life in service for your purpose. In Jesus’ name. Amen.