The first question is the question the Lord asked Peter after the resurrection. When Jesus stood trial at the High Priest’s house Peter denied to the crowd three times that he knew Jesus. In order to restore Peter Jesus took Peter aside and asked him the same question three times: “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” (John 21:15; ESV).
Do I love Jesus more than…? It is easy to say that we love Jesus, but often our actions reveal the truth. We love our families more than Jesus, we love recognition more than Jesus, we love our jobs more than Jesus, we love alcohol more than Jesus, or we love our hobbies more than Jesus. I won’t speak for you, but I know that I often put Jesus on the back burner of my life.
Because it is so easy to love other things more than Jesus we need to be intentional every day in expressing our love for Jesus. Loving Jesus begins with prayer and it requires serving those people in need. I think it is essential that we consider this question of Jesus . We need to tell and show Jesus that we love Him more than any other thing in our lives.
The second question is the question that Jesus asked of blind Bartimaeus. Jesus is passed through Jericho and a blind beggar heard that Jesus was headed his way. When Jesus approached blind Bartimaeus yelled: “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:47; ESV). Over and over again Bartimaeus yelled, even though people told him to be quiet. Finally Jesus called for the blind beggar to be brought to him. When Jesus saw Bartimaeus Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10:51; ESV).
What do I want Jesus to do for me? We expect so little from Jesus. In our prayers ask Jesus to forgive our sins, to bless us with good health, or to take care of our families. Don’t miss understand me, those things are good things, and they are essential things for life, but I think these requests are like Bartimaeus answering, “Jesus, I want you to provide an endless amount of money so I don’t have to beg anymore.” Sure it would be a wonderful thing for Bartimaeus to quit begging, but it misses the point. Bartimaeus got it right when he said, “I want to see.”
What do I want from Jesus? I want life. I want to be free from fear, from doubt, and from sin. I want to obey God and follow Jesus with all my heart. I want to make a difference in this world for the Kingdom. I don’t want to settle for a life of my own creating, so I can to live the life God created me to live. The only way that can happen is to ask Jesus to give us life.
I think there are certain questions that we need to to consider, because our answers will determine the direction of our lives. This is especially true when Jesus asks the questions. What is Jesus asking you?