We are Helpers

September 26, 2018

Luke 18:40-41… Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he came near, He asked him, “What would you want me to do for you?” And he said, “Let me recover my sight.”

            Jesus knew all things. Certainly, He knew what the man’s need was. Why, then, did He ask? We are not told, so, we think about it. It began with a similar interaction. As Jesus and a small crowd was walking past, the blind man called out to Jesus to help Him. Jesus could have walked over to him but he didn’t. Instead, He asked the people to bring the man to him. Once again, we are not given an answer to that question so we must surmise. One thing I have noticed in all of Jesus interactions is that He often asked people to help. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life; we are His messengers. As His messengers, we  are communicators of the Way, the Truth, and the Life. We are co-missioned with Him. His mission is our mission. Jesus is the healer; we bring people to Him. We are not healers but we are helpers.

            So, the people with Jesus went and brought the man to Him. But, then Jesus asked the man what he wanted. That gives us a ponder. We are taught that Jesus will supply all our needs but not all our wants. In this situation, He asked the man what he wanted. If your ‘want’ will not turn your heart away from God, it might be answered by Jesus. When we go to Jesus with sickness, we feel smug, because we believe health is a need. Health is both a need and a want. If we are sick with something that will likely end in death, we have to wonder if it is God’s way of taking us home. MY mom died of cancer. That is, in God’s eyes, a disease that can be healed. But, that does not mean it has to be…

She died even though all of us kids prayed diligently. Her healing was, likely, a want on our part. In God’s eyes, in the perspective of heaven, death is a form of physical healing. Only God knows when we are done on this earth. We probably don’t want to be on the earth if we have no purpose from God. But, we surely do want to be here if we have purpose. And our purpose is always, and only, to be helpers to Jesus. The power of the Holy Spirit is to lead us to the Father. He is not living in us to replace Jesus with us. He gives us the words of Jesus. Listen…