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What Do You Want Jesus To Do For You?

Jesus_healing_blind The story of Blind Bartimaeus has always been one of my favorites. It's a very simple account, just a few verses, of a very powerful Savior. The blind beggar cries out to Jesus for mercy and Jesus "stopped" to acknowledge the man and his need. Jesus asked Bartimaeus an amazing question. He asked Bartimaeus, "What do you want me to do for you?". End result? Bartimaeus' eyes were opened that day and he followed Jesus on the way.

What do you want Jesus to do for you today? Answering that question could really shake things up in your life today. Are you ready for God to do something miraculous in your life?

...And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.” ~ Mark 10:49 (ESV)

The crowd that followed Jesus that day rebuked Bartimaeus for crying out to Jesus for mercy. Don't disturb the Master. They didn't think the Master should be bothered with this man or his troubles. Bartimaeus cried out even louder. He was not going to let the crowd keep him from speaking the one who would fulfill the prophecy of Isaiah 35:5-6...

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.

Jesus heard his cry, stopped, and called for Bartimaeus. They went to Bartimaeus and told him that Jesus was calling for him. Their words are so amazing!

  • Take Heart! ~ Cheer up! Great news! Your life is about to change!
  • Get Up! ~ Hurry! Pick yourself up! Dust yourself off!
  • He Is Calling You! ~ Jesus is calling! He wants you! He has plans for you!

Put yourself in Bartimaeus shoes... What do you want Jesus to do for you? Take Heart! Get up! He is calling you!

 


Leading By Example

"... not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock." ~ 1 Peter 5:3

I've been meditating on 1 Peter 5:3 for the past few weeks. What a tremendous nugget for pastors and spiritual leaders. We need to make sure that we are leading by example (modeling) and not just "domineering" (telling) people what to do and how to live.

Several years ago I read the following stats from HB London...

  • Fifteen hundred pastors leave the ministry each month due to moral failure, spiritual burnout, or contention in their churches.
  • Fifty percent of pastors' marriages will end in divorce.
  • Eighty percent of pastors and eighty-four percent of their spouses feel unqualified and discouraged in their role as pastors.
  • Fifty percent of pastors are so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could, but have no other way of making a living.
  • Eighty percent of seminary and Bible school graduates who enter the ministry will leave the ministry within the first five years.
  • Seventy percent of pastors constantly fight depression.
  • Almost forty percent polled said they have had an extra-marital affair since beginning their ministry.
  • Seventy percent said the only time they spend studying the Word is when they are preparing their sermons.

The final stat about spending time studying the Word is undoubtedly a factor in the previous stats. One of the most important things a pastor does is spending time with God. We need pastors to lead by example in the area of personal devotions.