Last week, we explored what Jesus wants for Christmas from us. He doesn’t want a store bought gift or even anything handmade (too bad…I have truffle mix chilling in the fridge!). But, what about us? Can we ask Jesus for what we want? Are we allowed to do that? Do we dare? If we can ask Him for something, what on earth do we ask for? What do we ask the King of Kings to give to us? That’s the big question. What do you want from Jesus for Christmas?
Jesus Is Not Santa
Asking Jesus for a Christmas gift is not the same as taking a trip to the local mall to sit on Santa’s lap. Jesus is NOT Santa. We don’t go asking for a new car or new home. We don’t write wealth and prestige on our wish lists for the Saviour.
These aren’t the kinds of gifts I am talking about.
And His gift giving is not dependent upon how good we have been throughout the year – thank goodness! His gifts are not used as a behaviour modification program. I know I can never be good enough for His amazing gift of salvation or any other gift I ask Him for. He gives because He loves. He gives abundantly to us and asks for our beat up, battered hearts in exchange.
What Do You Want Me To Do For You?
Asking Jesus for a gift is such a precious privilege for those of us who follow Him. Therefore, figuring out what you want to ask Him for ought not be a frivolous task. It should be one of considerable contemplation. Not because we get only three wishes, but because our requests should bring honour and glory to His name.
So, what would you ask for?
To get an idea, let’s look at a story found in Luke 18. This is a favourite story of my hubby’s.
Jesus was travelling to Jericho while a blind man named Bartimaeus was begging on the side of the road just outside the city. I don’t know how long he had been blind for or if he was married or if he had children. Perhaps he did have a family. Maybe he was in some type of tragic accident that caused his blindness and put him out of work. He could not see to provide for himself or his family. He could no longer see his wife, children, friends or extended family. Could you imagine? I would be desperate to have my vision restored, wouldn’t you?
Word had been getting around about Jesus and His power to heal and no doubt the stories were heard by Bartimaeus. I wonder if he found out that Jesus was on His way to Jericho. I wonder if Bartimaeus was sitting in his normal spot or if he had staked out his present location just so that he would catch a glimpse of the man who healed.
He must have heard great things about Jesus because when he found out it was Jesus coming down the road; he called out and begged Jesus to have mercy upon him. He believed Jesus to be the long awaited Messiah. He knew Jesus was his only hope for seeing.
The disciples and the interfering crowd with Jesus shushed and chastised him for being loud and trying to talk to Jesus. Bartimaeus was a beggar and had absolutely no business even being around Jesus let alone calling out to Him.
But he refused to listen – his faith and hope drowned out their rebukes. He was being told to shut-up by the crowd, but he just called out even louder. He was fervent and relentless in his petition. He was desperate.
Then Jesus became aware of Bartimaeus and He called for him to come. Bartimaeus got up and threw off his coat – this coat was distinctive in that it identified him as a blind man. It was his identity – and he threw it off, in expectation of something new from Jesus. Jesus questioned him, “What do you want Me to do for you?”.
Now Jesus knew exactly what he wanted. He knew what Bartimeaus was going to ask for, he knew why he relentlessly called out to him, He knew why Bartimeaus was so desperate. Jesus knew he was going to ask for something that would be so precious to him – his sight! We see in the same verse Bartimaeus’ response, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.”
Jesus healed him without hesitation and Bartimaeus followed Jesus, glorifying Him, which compelled others who saw to glorify Him as well! Isn’t that what we do when we have experienced His healing touch? Because of what He has done for us, we follow Him with out reservation or restrain.
What Will You Ask For?
Maybe we believe that Jesus is too busy to help us. I mean, how many times have you begged and pleaded for Him to help you? This passage reassures us that He is more than willing to STOP what He is doing and come to our aid. His disciples and other followers had no time for this broken man. We see this happen often throughout scripture.
However, Jesus takes time for those who desperately cry out to Him. Yeah, I know, the others will tell you to be quiet and not bother the Saviour with your silly requests. You know, the ones who have it all together and are seemingly perfect, they shun the desolate like us. They try to discourage us from asking our Saviour for what we want and long for. Ignore them and shout out even louder, let your heart cry out all the more – just as Bartimaeus did. But be confident in this truth…He will always take the time for your heart. Always.
He is the Light in a dark world. He wants to give us the good gift of His light.
What do you dare to ask Him for this Christmas?
Maybe you are weary and wilted and rest seems elusive.
Perhaps you long for deeper healing for your broken heart.
Maybe you desperately want that abundant life He had talked about in John 10.
What about joy…maybe the feelings of darkness and doom have dug their claws so deeply into your soul…depression…and you have lost hope that you will ever feel joy again.
Perhaps you have lost the song in your heart. Could you ask Him for a
New Song to sing? Maybe the thief has stolen something from you and you long for it to be restored.
Or maybe you struggle with some form of sin and, as desperately as you try, you just can’t escape from its power…alcohol, drugs, porn, gossip, lying, sex outside of marriage.
Perhaps your marriage is falling apart and you have lost hope that it will ever be put back together.
Maybe your child has turned to sin and you have no idea what to do to help.
What about terminal illness? Or any type of long term illness you have been trying to cope with.
Maybe you are a teen or young adult (or even older adult) and you are sure your parents absolutely hate you – that is near unbearable – to know that your parents despise you. So much pain.
But know that He hears you and He will take the time to listen to your prayers and requests. He will answer them…I don’t know when and I don’t know how…but I know that He will.
Keep crying out to Him.
Last week’s post had some decorations for you to use for this little activity I’d like to suggest. Last week, I invited you to offer your broken heart to Jesus as a gift to Him – the most precious gift He longs for from us. This week, the idea is for you to write on another decoration (or two), asking Jesus for what you want this Christmas.
I have been quite weary this season. I have been going ‘non-stop’ since summer with selling our home, moving, start-up of work, new expectations for work, report cards…and more. I am weary and wilted. That is one thing I’ll be writing on my decoration. I am asking Jesus for REST this Christmas. I am going to throw off that coat that lets others know just how tired I am and I am going to eagerly wait for my Saviour to take the time to truly listen to me.
What about you? What will you ask him for? What is your heart longing for this Christmas?
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