“What do you want me to do for you?”, Luke 18:41. The question Jesus asked the blind man. The question we ourselves still struggle with, what do we want God to do for us? For the blind man it was to see. What is it for you and me? To make sense of the world around us? To know our life purpose? To give us a billion dollars? To restore our health? To help us love as Jesus loves?
How many of us have even thought to ask the question? Could it be because he’s already done for us what we all most needed, though, perhaps, didn’t realize it because we’ve never really stopped long enough to think about what’s really most important? Or, because we’re blindly content with who we are and value what we’ve got, our toys, more than we should?
When Adam and Eve sinned their spirits, and eventually their bodies, died (1) and all their posterity has since been born with a huge hole in our chests, we’re spiritually dead.
But the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus for mankind’s sins changed all that. Now we have a sense of hope, a feeling that we were made for a reason, a purpose bigger than ourselves. And, if we’re made, the gnawing sense that there must be a maker somewhere out there. The binding of Satan prophesied in Revelation 20:1-3 occurred then too.
Add to that Daniel 2 where Daniel prophetically foresaw the end of 4 of perhaps the world’s great kingdoms, Babylon, Medio-Persian, Greek and Roman, followed by a kingdom that’s the God of heaven and earth would set up that would never be destroyed nor conquered and would stand forever (2). And, don’t forget, Jesus tells us in Matthew 28:18 that all authority in heaven and earth has been given Him. In other words, we are part of this last, great, eternal kingdom and are commanded to go and make disciples from all nations and He promised we’d be successful in this endeavor since in verse 20 He promises that He’ll be with us always.
So, Satan is bound; God’s Kingdom is established; Jesus has all authority over heaven and earth; and if God is for us, who can possibly stand against us, Romans 8:31! What if enough of us actually believed this and placed our hands on the plow and never looked back (3)? James 4: 7-8 states emphatically that if we “Draw near to God He will draw near to you”. So, what are we waiting for? We have been invited by Jesus Himself to be a part of His world transformation and restoration team which He guarantees will be successful. Wow 😲, what a life purpose, to help transform and restore the world. That should keep us busy and out of trouble for a while.
(1) Genesis 2: 17
(2) Revelation 11:15 and Daniel 2: 44
(3) Luke 9: 62