What do you want me to do for you
Mark 10:46-52
46Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means "son of Timaeus"), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" 48Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" 49Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." So they called to the blind man, "Cheer up! On your feet! He's calling you." 50Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. 51"What do you want me to do for you?" Jesus asked him. The blind man said, "Rabbi, I want to see." 52"Go," said Jesus, "your faith has healed you." Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

We watch Tomme and Annie often and sometimes they will get on gramma roll. Laura is talking with me and Annie will Gramma, gramma, gramma, gramma and although we try to tell her to wait she won’t have it and keeps going. Finally Laura will say Ok What do you want? Annie will pause and say uh….I love you! Almost as if to say…I forgot my original question or I didn’t even have one but I always have a fall back…like Ralphie on the Christmas Story when he finally got on Santa’s lap and Santa asked him what he wanted and his mind went blank and Santa said how about a football and he just nodded yes…but we all knew “I want an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!”
But what would we tell God we wanted if He asked us directly…What can I do for you?
The new show New Amsterdam featured a girl who was in bad foster homes….the Phycologist who asked her “What would you like to happen?” and she said no one has ever asked me that before.
I started really thinking about that. I know I can make a list of things… a wish list if you will. But it’s easy to list a bunch of things but it is much more difficult to narrow it down to one thing if asked “What would like me to do for you?” Imagine…Jesus asked personally.
Wow! That’s got to blow your mind.
It really seems to tell us about the importance of priorities, motives and desires that we all have.
Would they pass the test of being sincere and purely motivated for the glory of God?
It would be easy if we were caught in a bear trap and someone asked what would you like me to do for you? The answer would be “get me out of this bear trap! That is an immediate need and therefore at that moment it is the easiest thing to ask for because you need it right then.
But when you are not in a bear trap and you have time to think about what you want Jesus to do for you…that’s when it gets interesting!
I can see where one spouse with a terminally ill spouse would say “Heal my husband or my wife”
Sometimes what we want is for someone else, sometimes it is for us and ultimately someone else but we can sum up all requests with this:
Whatever you do in word or deed, {do} all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. Colossians 3:17
And there’s always the caution be careful what you ask for…you might just get it!
2018-09-27 14:55:04