Katie Hartfiel: Rise, He is Calling You

Tonight, before Adoration, Katie challenged each of us to respond to Jesus’ question to each of us:  “What do you want me to do for you?”

Jesus first posed that question to Bartimaeus. Bartimaeus was a blind man without a future, sitting on the side of the road, when he heard that Jesus would be passing by. He had the courage to abandon any fear of judgment and simply cried out to Jesus. He begged the Lord to come to him, to help him see. When Jesus came to Bartimaeus, He asked the blind man what he wanted.  Bartimaeus’ response was simple: “Master, I want to see.” Immediately, Jesus healed him.

Tonight, Jesus desires to do the same thing for each of us. He desires to heal us from all of our brokenness. Katie suggested to us that there are two questions that we need to ask when approaching Jesus in this time of Adoration: What do you want Jesus to do for you tonight? What blindness is keeping you from the Lord?

When we allow ourselves to recognize our own weaknesses, acknowledging our deep need for a Savior, Jesus can change everything.  Whether we are at home or here at the conference, Jesus is constantly inviting us to give Him our every wound.  As Katie reminded us tonight, our Lord wants nothing but the best for us. When we give Him the fullness of our hearts, He fills them with the newness of His love. He is constantly calling us out of darkness, into the light of His love. That is an invitation that is made to us tonight in Adoration, but it is repeated to us every day and in every moment. Jesus wants to elevate us to Him, and what He has planned is better than anything we could possibly desire.

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Written by Emily Davenport
Emily is a student at Truman State University. She loves serving on the REAP team in St. Louis and spending as much time as possible with her youth group. Emily is also secretly a ninja (she has her black belt in Tae Kwon Do) and loves nothing more than driving with the windows down singing along to Taylor Swift songs.