“What do you want me to do for you?”
In Luke 18 those are the words Jesus asked a blind beggar who was shouting, “Jesus, son of David have mercy on me!”
I never had thought about that question before. I always just read this passage and saw a miracle happen and a guy now follow Jesus. But, what if Jesus asked me that question. What if he asked you that question. Maybe he has already asked us all that question. What would our response be?
To be free? To see? To hear? Help me with my unbelief? Would we ask for riches or mercy? Fame or to see his Glory? For power or to be humble? Would we ask for influence or the opportunity to serve? For our dreams or his will? Would we ask to see what he has for us or to hear his voice? Would we ask for help or the ability to trust him fully? Blessings or to be a blessing? We would ask for our lives to bear fruit, knowing that it requires pruning and dry spells so that our roots go deep into His love? Would we ask for the courage to follow?
I wonder if this man realized the question he was just asked. The co-creator of the universe, the very one who formed it all, The king of kings and lord of lords just asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” Maybe Jesus was just testing this man. We don’t know. But it seems Jesus was giving this guy a shot at anything he could have. ANYTHING!
Maybe our response depends on our circumstances. It seems it did for David as we read the Psalms. There were times he asked for justice for his enemies, other times he asked for mercy, still other times he begged for forgiveness from his sins and that God’s Holy Spirit would not leave him. There are times for me that my circumstances change. I’ve ask God for help, for courage, for wisdom, for discernment, for his will, to see His Glory. I’ve asked to have a hunger for his word, to see, to hear, to know him more deeply than I ever have before. I’ve asked for His provision, for guidance, for faithfulness, for strength, for joy, for hope. I imagine you have asked God for many, or all, of these as well. I’m sure we can add to the list too. After all we have not because we ask not. What have I not asked him for that I need?
But what if the question Jesus is asking comes down to one simple answer? I’m not saying this is the case for sure but humor me for a moment. Maybe daily he whispers in our ears, “My son, my daughter, what do you want me to do for you today?” Maybe each day it is a test. Maybe he is asking you and me if we are ready to join Him today in the work He is doing?
So what could our simple answer be?
Jesus, Son of David, I want to see, but don’t stop there. Take all of me. Take every part of me and heal me that I might follow you wholeheartedly.
It is in that heart of full surrender that then and only then we can see more clearly. We can hear his voice more clearly. We can have the courage to follow and trust completely. We discover joy and contentment. We learn from His wisdom and have the discernment from the Holy Spirit. We seek first His Kingdom and realize all these things will be given to us as well.