“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him (Mark 10:51 NIV).
Notice the blind beggar’s simple but desperate plea to Jesus: “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And when Jesus asked him the above question, the blind man replied, “I want to see!”
Jesus’ question to the blind man by the side of the road gave me pause, so I began this imaginary conversation with Jesus as if He were asking me that question:
“What do you want me to do for you? (Jesus asking)
“What do you want me to do for You?” (I replied)
“I asked You first.”
But I tried to imagine Jesus asking me again, “What do you want me to do for you?”
And then I thought of all the things my fleshy heart could desire:
A large home in the country with a wrap-around porch
and a gazebo;
then maybe I’d ask for a quiet stream running by
near the mountains.
I could ask for good health so I could live to a ripe old age and
maybe a book on the New York Times Bestseller list.
Maybe I could ask for time to travel to my heart’s content, then
follow with a request for the absence of stress
and abundance of wealth.
What about a lime-green convertible (it wouldn’t have to be a convertible), and then maybe a dozen other things?
But that’s not what I decided to tell Jesus.
Wisdom to handle pain as my friend, teaching me patience and grace within…
Wisdom to use the resources well You’ve given me…
Wisdom to finish the work You started in me…
Wisdom to love like You with heart bowed and hands outstretched…
Wisdom to know when to act and when to pray…
Wisdom to share Your words effectively so others can know You, too…
Wisdom to even know what to ask or…
My list could have gone on, but then I thought of something else to ask Him for:
To feel the breath of Your presence on my life…
The warmth of Your Spirit blowing through my heart daily…
The encouragement of your hand on my back pushing me forward,
And then to See…
To see for myself…and to help others want
To see You close-up, and Your smile;
And then to finally see, without a doubt…
It was all worthwhile.
But in my heart, the closer Jesus came, I felt that beggar’s cry welling up and spilling out:
Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
And He did; He does, and He will.
For me. For you. For everyone who calls on His name.
But I ask Jesus again, “Isn’t there something I can do for You?”
I found a simple answer–a good place to start–in that same passage:
“Go,” said Jesus.
And the blind man followed Jesus.
“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road (Mark 10:52, NIV).
What Would You Like Jesus to Do for You?
Ask Him, because He’s waiting to answer you.
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