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What Would You Have Me Do For You?

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Sermon shared by Jeff Strite

August 2006
Summary: It would appear that Jesus never asked this question of anyone else in the Gospels. Didn’t He know what these blind men needed?
Audience: Believer adults
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are literally blind to what their real needs are… and so Jesus can’t really help them.

It’s so easy – living in this present world - to get distracted by the wrong things. Kind of like that man who tho’t he was a moth. He became distracted by a light bulb. So also, we can be distracted by bright things… like “wealth” “success” or “excitement”

James wrote to the church of his day, warning them against that danger:
“Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, "Here’s a good seat for you," but say to the poor man, ‘You stand there’ or ‘Sit on the floor by my feet,’ have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? (James 2:2-5)

The folks in James’ church had gotten distracted by the potential of wealthy people.
Now, wealth isn’t bad, and having money isn’t an evil thing. But if we allow earthly attractions like wealth/success/ excitement to distract us… it will be hard for Jesus to help us accomplish His goal in our lives.

ILLUS: I just visited with a couple this past week. The husband lamented that we haven’t had enough money yet to build that new sanctuary we’ve prayed and dreamed about. But then, he told of how didn’t really bother him right now, because he was pleased about the ways God has been working in our congregation. He was excited at the number of people who’s lives have been changed and at the number of ministries (for a church of our size) that we have here.
What that man was telling me was this: He knew God would supply the new sanctuary when God was ready for us to have it… but that didn’t bother him, because he knew God was doing mighty things in this church.
He realized that God wasn’t into building “OUR KINGDOM”… but His.

Now, when we get used to the idea that God should build up OUR kingdom (rather than His) there’s all kinds of things that can distract us from God’s priorities in our lives
· I’ve seen Christians who were willing to attend churches where they knew the doctrine was questionable… but they went because they wanted to go to an “exciting church”
· I’ve seen people abandon their families because they wanted a more satisfying mate.
· I’ve seen people take jobs where they knew they would be asked to do things that would undermine their relationship with God… but they wanted the success that job would supply.

And almost without exception, those who seek out those kind of “light bulbs” in their lives will often justify it by saying it was God’s will they
Ø go to the questionable church
Ø or leave their families
Ø or take that job that undermines their Christianity.
They got distracted because their relationship with Jesus was all about THEIR kingdom… not His.

So, I believe Jesus asked that question: “What would you have me do for you?” for the benefit of the crowd.

But I also believe He asked the question because it was a question the blind men needed to answer.
ILLUS: Any good counselor will tell you that one of the best questions he can ask people - who come for counseling - is this:
“Why are you here?” or
“What do you
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