Mid Week Devotion 03/10/2021 “What Can I Do For You?”
Good morning, afternoon or evening, depending on when you are watching this March 10 mid-week devotion. I want to extend a greeting to those of who are joining in today, however you found us, welcome! My name is Pastor Mel, I trust you find this space comforting, refreshing and safe as we continue to journey through life together.
An Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Sunday, March 28, immediately following the10:45 service.
Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead before you come to church this Sunday or you will be an hour late.
From Diana Phillips, her joy was hearing children’s voices, and yes, even watching them run through the Narthex. We are so blessed that they are excited to be back in church. Her second joy is after seeing our kids, she is so thankful that they are all not only healthy, but growing and thriving.
Rusti Cummings is asking for continued prayers for Brandon Kay.
Tom and Peggy Jordan are asking for prayers for Dallas, Ashley and the whole Taylor family.
Karen Decker is asking for prayers for her family. They are excited and extremely concerned about the possibility of her daughter-in-law, Connie, receiving a double lung transplant.
PRAYER (Throughout Lent)
Jesus, bless what you have given,
Help our appreciation of all that we have received.
Feed our souls again on this day with bread from heaven.
We invite to be within our hands, and mouths and hearts.
Guide and lead us on our Lenten journey. Amen
Now, Lord, be with us as we pray the words which you have given to us;
Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on Earth As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, For ever. Amen.
SCRIPTURE – Mark 10:46-52
46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. 51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” 52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
May God add a blessing to the reading and hearing of the Word.
I have entitled this devotion, “What Can I Do For You?”
DEVOTION: “What Can I Do For You?”
We are familiar with walking into a store and have a clerk or salesperson say, “May I help you.” We are accustomed to hearing these words, they don’t shock us because we acknowledge that is their job. They are paid to assist us and make sure we get what we want. We have come to understand that customer – employee relationship.
Then we look at the words from Jesus today, “What Can I Do For You?” They sound familiar to the clerk’s question. Is Jesus really here to serve us and make sure we get what we want? It is true that Jesus came to earth to serve us. Maybe not in the same way a salesclerk does. Jesus did not come, at least from our earthly vantage point, to make sure we get everything we want.
Jesus does know what we want and need before we make the request. More than the salesclerk, Jesus wants to give us far beyond what we ask for. Bartimaeus wanted to have physical sight. I think he wanted to see the sunrise and sunset. He wanted to look in to the eyes of his wife or children and see the smiles on their faces.
Jesus grants physical sight and more to Bartimaeus. He is given greater sight. When the scriptures talk about giving sight, it is more than physical, it is spiritual sight. A sight that allows us to see the beauty and majesty of God’s grace. Jesus knew that Bartimaeus’ heart was a faithful heart, yet the Lord also knew it was not a whole servant’s heart. Along with physical eyesight, Bartimaeus was given the ability to serve others with a whole heart.
In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus asks the same question of James and John. He overhears them talking and asks them, “what can I do for you?” On this occasion, the Lord does not fulfill the request. They are told that Jesus doesn’t have authority to grant seats in Heaven.
I believe God views our requests based on how they align with God’s will. It is not that James and John do not belong in Heaven, but their request began a divide among the disciples. This reveals it was a more selfish request than the one made by Bartimaeus.
What the Lord heard in Bartimaeus’ request is known only to Jesus. We know that he had his eyesight is restored. We also know he began to believe and follow Jesus from that day forward. His new gift benefited him and would now benefit the kingdom as well.
When we pray, what are our motives and what is behind the motive we confess with our lips? Could it be we are we asking for far less than God wants to give? If we would dare to ask according to God’s will, perhaps we, like Bartimaeus, will receive far more than we asked for!
There is no secret equation of words that means one prayer is answered and another is not. All prayers are heard. I am encouraged by knowing that before each prayer I utter, Jesus is before me asking, “What can I do for you?”
With the pandemic restrictions being loosened, it may be time to get out and start shopping again. The next time a salesclerk asks, “May I help you?” Turn the question around and ask the same thing. When we choose to humble ourselves and become servants we draw closer to the will of God.
May God’s peace be with you until we meet again, stay safe and God bless.