I was reflecting on Matthew 20 this week and came across a familiar passage that seemed to strike a new chord with me. I have read these passages many times before but in this season I sensed the Lord leading me to share these thoughts with you in hopes that it will encourage and inspire your personal walk with Christ and ministry year ahead.
As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.” Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him. Matthew 20:29-34
1. Jesus stopped. While everyone else rebuked these two men who were in obvious distress, Jesus stopped to pay attention to them. This challenges me to ask a simple question…Am I stopping enough in my life to acknowledge those in need around me?
2. Jesus asked a question. This amazes me! In verse 32 right after he “
3. Jesus had compassion. Finally, once Jesus heard their need and could tell they were sincerely looking to him for healing, he identified with their pain and healed them. The challenge for me here is this…”Do I see people as Jesus sees them? And do I respond in a way that identifies with their struggle and do I seek to meet their needs?
As we get ready for an incredible year, I will be praying God will show you and