Matthew 9:27-28: "As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out, 'Have mercy on us, Son of David!' When He entered the house, the blind men came up to Him." Joe Reese was speaking at our church this weekend and he noted that we don't know whose house this was, but what we do know is that the people who lived there welcomed Jesus. They might have thought it would be nice to have the miracle worker over, but when Jesus showed up He had two annoying, loud, dirty, street people following Him. No doubt they would have been looked upon with scorn as they made fools out of themselves yelling at the top of their lungs, but Jesus welcomed them. "Jesus said to them, 'Do you believe that I am able to do this?' They said to Him, 'Yes, Lord.' Then He touched their eyes, saying, 'It shall be done to you according to your faith.' And their eyes were opened" (versus 28-30). The people who lived at this house, whoever they were, got to see Jesus do an incredible miracle, but it also meant that they had to lower their social standards, I wonder if we are willing to do the same?
William MacDonald once wrote a booklet called The Day Jesus Came To My House, it is still available from Every Day Publications. MacDonald describes what it would be like to have Jesus show up. MacDonald lays out the scene as he tries to impress the Master with his stuff, but the Lord just looks at the things MacDonald is trying to show him with pity and disappointment. MacDonald tries to show off his grand piano, his valuable book collection, his home entertainment center (in reality William MacDonald had given all these things up). At every point in the house Jesus looks at the stuff and makes a few remarks, which are penetrating scripture verses like:
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Matthew 6:19-21).If we claim to be disciples of the Lord Jesus, we have to be willing to let Him decide what we do with our earthly possessions. If we want to follow the Lord we have to let Him decide who comes over to our house. If we want to be the good Shepherd's sheep we must follow Him completely, no turning back, no compromise. Only then will we see the mighty works that we long for - peoples lives totally transformed in our living rooms by the power of the gospel.