It’s the Heart

Re:Verse passage – Matthew 20:29-34 (day four)

It is easy to compare our situation or circumstances with someone else’s.  Why did they get what they asked for and I didn’t?  Why did this good happen to them and this bad happened to me?  We easily fall into the trap of envy.

Our passage this week immediately follows an encounter when Jesus asked the mother of the sons of Zebedee what she wanted Him to do.  Jesus’ response was not what she wanted to hear.  Now, Jesus asks these blind men, who were complete strangers, what they want Him to do.  This time, Jesus restores their sight.  What’s the difference?

It’s the heart!  Jesus sees past the words to the hearts.  Our hearts are open to Him and He responds to our requests according to the motivation of our heart.  Jesus looks for a heart that is humble and contrite before Him.  A heart of selfishness or envy will not be heard.  How’s your heart?

Author: Larry Soape

Larry Soape is the Associate Pastor for Median & Senior Adults, and Missions at FBCSA.

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