Matthew 20:29-34 .
29 And as they went out of Jericho, a large crowd followed him.
30 And see, there were two blind men sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!”
31 The crowd criticized them, telling them to shut up, but they cried out even more, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!”
32 So Jesus stopped and called them and asked, “What do you want me to do for you?”
33 They replied to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.”
34 And out of compassion, Jesus touched their eyes, and immediately they recovered their sight and started following him.
Jesus had just given his disciples an object lesson on servant leadership, reminding them that in the kingdom coming down from the sky, leaders serve out of love, not for gain or status. Next, another object lesson as they hear two blind men shouting along the side of the road as they leave town. If you had asked anyone in the crowd to describe the scene, they would have said it was annoying. Those blind beggars are such a nuisance. But Jesus stops. Now, the crowd is watching. All the other religious and political leaders just ignored these two useless people. After all, what good are blind followers?
But then, Jesus touches them, and these two formerly useless people become living, breathing, walking, following examples of who he is. This event was an object lesson on faith and God’s power, but it was also an object lesson on servant leadership. If Jesus had not served these two useless people, there would have been two fewer followers. Compassion was not only a leadership trait of Jesus, it was – and is – a means of leading in the sky kingdom. We, who aspire to lead his church need to stop looking for useful people to follow us, and look for broken people we can help. The most amazing saints who have made an impact on this world for Christ were once blind beggars, annoying the crowds with their cries for help.
LORD, open our eyes to the blind beggars. Give us the vision to see the value in those whom the world wants to ignore. Help us to invest our lives in them, as you did.