If God appeared to you right now and asked you for one thing you want Him to do for you, what will you tell Him? Will you have to pause and think for a while first (eehhhhmm…) before giving Him a response or will you give Him a response right away? This may sound funny and insignificant but it is an indicator of how passionate we are about something. When you are passionate about anything, you think about it all the time, you talk about it and you make it a reference in all your activities and discussions. Anybody around you can easily tell that this is what you care about, they can easily know what is important you. Let’s compare two scenarios to see how this was demonstrated.
There was a lame man who was bedridden for 38 years! (John 5:1-15). When Jesus saw him, He asked him “Do you want to be made well?” the sick man’s response was complaints filled with self-pity. He had probably forgotten about the possibility of getting well because he had ‘no man’. He did not even recognize that the person talking to him was all that he needed. The passion in his desire to be healed had fizzled out, he had probably concluded that this will be his lot for the rest of his life.
There was also another man referred to as “Blind Bartimaeus” (Mark 10:46-52). He heard that Jesus was passing and he started shouting out to Him for help. Jesus responded and sent for him to come. when He came close to him, He asked him “What do you want me to do for you?” and he responded immediately “…Oh, that I may receive my sight”. Mr. Bartimaeus knew exactly what he wanted and he was passionate about it. He must have constantly played the scene in his mind, ruminating over the things he would do whenever he got the opportunity to meet Jesus. His response was not by chance or accident, he must have wished it, thought about it, and even talked about with to his friends.
When you are not passionate about something, you will not recognize the opportunities that are available to you; however, when you are passionate about something, you recognize opportunities that align with your passion quickly. Jesus was before the bedridden man but he didn’t know who was talking to him. Jesus was passing by, away from blind Bartimaeus but he quickly recognized Him and seized the moment to get what he desired so badly. Jesus asked the bedridden man if he wanted to be healed, he responded with a lamentation of how he did not have anyone to help him. He did not recognize the opportunity he had before him. But when Bartimaeus was asked the question “what do you want me to do for you?” he was unequivocal in his response. He knew exactly what he wanted and he said it quickly and clearly – Oh that I may receive my sight!
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This also supports the scripture “…out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45)”. It is what you keep dwelling on in your heart that comes out when you have a spontaneous opportunity. So the question is what is your mind preoccupied with all the time? If Jesus were to ask you right now what do you want me to do for you, what will your response be? Will it be a self-centered response born out of a desire for more things or will it be a response that will make you a blessing to others and make a difference in God’s kingdom?
What are the things that you are feeding your mind with? What do you watch, hear, and read? “Guard your heart with all diligence, for out of it flows the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23)”. These are the things that will come out if you get an impromptu opportunity with God. It is what you have been feeding your mind with consistently that will always come out of your mouth. Will God be surprised at your response, or He will be proud of it?
If you think that your response will not be good enough because of the state of your mind, allow Jesus to come into your heart and help you clean it up. He is willing to help you right now. “I stand at the door and knock if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him”(Revelations 3:20).