What Do You Want?

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
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Mark 10:51 – "What do you want me to do for you?" Jesus asked him. The blind man said, "Rabbi, I want to see." (NIV)

What do you want? What a good question! In a course I once took, it was one of the most important questions: Why are you here? What do you hope to gain? What do you want? Many of the exercises that we learned were to help us to attain what we wanted. But we had to identify it. In today's passage, blind Bartimaeus had no trouble identifying what he wanted: to see.

I have to chuckle when I read the following passage about two disciples of John the Baptist:

John 1:37-39a – When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, "What do you want?" They said, "Rabbi" (which means Teacher), "where are you staying?" "Come," he replied, "and you will see." (NIV)

John had just pointed to Jesus as the Messiah, the One that they had been waiting for. Two of John's disciples, friends, saw that Jesus was going somewhere and they were drawn to Him. So they were "tailing" Him. When Jesus turned around and asked, "What do you want?" they were at a loss for words! I imagine them flustered at being found out — embarrassed, perhaps. "Where are you staying?" What kind of answer is that? I also imagine Jesus smiling at their discomfort and graciously inviting them: "Come and see."

What do I want — really want? Not a new pair of shoes. From the depth of my heart and soul, what do I want? When we sweep all the demands of everyday life away, what is the cry of our hearts — our longing? I want You, Jesus. You. That's it. That's all. That's enough. You are life. You are Mercy. You are Truth. You are Love. You are Eternal. You are all I need. When I am fulfilled in Him, all those other demands are silent. Paul knew that. He wrote:

Philippians 4:11 – I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. (NIV)

Wow! So, what do you want?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, You are all we need. In the midst of our busy lives, Help us to stop and reflect on what we are truly wanting, and to see in You the fulfillment of all our desires. Amen.

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Nan St. Louis <nanstlouis1@gmail.com>
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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Nan!

    May it be so, Nan.

    Dear Nan, what an inspiring devotional. Thanks.

    Thank you, Nan, for today’s devotion.

    Thanks, Nan, for sharing this devotional with us today. Blessings.

    Excellent devotional today. Thank you for writing. May you share many more!

    Very helpful words for me today, Nan, in their simplicity and depth. Grateful for your understanding.

    That was beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

    Amen! What a great question to ask ourselves each day upon waking, and then to answer it before it leaves our lips, “I want you, Jesus.”
    Blessings on your day.

    You are so right. What do you want? Thank you for the question whose answer, for a Christian, leads us to salvation.
    Blessings to your day.

    Thank-you, Nan, for setting before us on this May 1st the power of Phil. 4:11…. while the “battle” continues for the church to be “the church” instead of “morphing into a culturally acceptable ethic” as Jacques Ellul writes.

    Greetings Nan,
    Thank you for this very mindful devotional. Yes, there are so many things we can put on a “want” list but wanting Jesus’ love and guidance in our lives is supreme.
    Blessings for a special day.

    Hi Nan:
    That was an excellent devotional!
    I was teaching a Bible study this morning and that was exactly what I was trying to convey.
    Thank you.

    Hi Nan,
    My husband had a fatal heart attack while on a holiday.
    Your devotional today has me asking once again ‘what I really want’. The song, It is the Cry of My Heart, is buzzing through my head. Thanks for helping me re-think and ponder what I really want even in this valley.

    Thank you for this timely reminder that what I really need is not all those “things” we have been collecting over the years and find it hard to get rid of as we plan a move to a much smaller home. Yes, God is all we really need, and I pray that He will guide us in this next big step in our lives. His reminder to me through your devotional. Thank you.

    Hi Nan,
    What a wonderful look at that sentence, “What do you want.” The way it came across to me, it almost sounded as though Jesus said what we would say now, “Now what do you want?” And certainly, as you pointed out, the disciples were at a loss for words.
    Thank you for writing, am looking forward to the next one.

    Honestly? I wish I knew. Because I can email the writers, I’ve become almost personal with this devotional group. When I started reading, I was younger and amused at the older ways of people Then it hit. My husband passed unexpectedly. I don’t know what to ask for. I know my husband is in his perfect place He earned it. I don’t wish him back into this situation. I miss him so… I can’t express what it’s like to be without him. He was my life. So what do I want?

    Love your writing.
    A few months ago, I had a stroke and I heard the therapist tell my family that the best I could be was in a long-term care and maybe get into a wheelchair. I thought no way so I prayed and prayed help me to do whatever exercises they offer so I can go home. I went into exercises as much as they offered at the hospital for therapy. I went from what the one therapist called a rag doll to walking all over with my walker when I came home a couple of months later.
    No, I am not perfect, but I am back to about (not quite) what I was a few months ago.

    Thank you, Nan. May we all want just Jesus.

    Your prayer is my prayer, Nan.
    Thanks for writing.
    Keep writing.

    Thanks, Nan, for sharing a timely message. I have many times experienced God’s leading.me. I can look back on incidents and say with certainty, “God was with me; He prepared me and led me all the way.
    Now, to answer His question “What do I want? / Where do I want to go?” I know I can do all things through Him who leads me.

    Thank you, Nan, for your devotional. It is a good reminder for me as l go through the challenges l am currently facing in my life.

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