“What Do You Want Me To Do For You?”
There are two instances where Jesus asked a very profound question; I say profound because of the impact of the human heart on the outcomes of the answers the people received. In Mark 10: 35 – 41, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, said “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” Jesus answered; “What would you like Me to do for you?” They said to Him; “Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand, and one on Your left, in your Glory.” Jesus answered; “You do not know what you ask.” He went on to say that “To sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those to whom it is prepared.” The other 10 men heard it and the were displeased with James and John
However, in Mark 10, verses 46 -52, we have the account of the blind man,Bartimaeus, who was begging on the roadside coming out of Jericho. As the crowd was passing by, he realized Jesus was passing by and Bartimaeus called out to Jesus two times, saying: “Jesus, Son of David have mercy on me.” Jesus stopped and called for him to come over and asked him: “What do you want Me to do for you.” The blind man said to Him; “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way, your faith has healed you.” And he immediately received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.
Two very different means of asking for something from the Lord; two very different outcomes. One was demanding position and authority, the other was down, destitute and in dire need of healing and deliverance from a life of poverty and rejection, and desperate for love and mercy.
The Lord is saying to you; “What do you want Me to do for you?” How He will answer you will depend on the attitude of you heart, the desires of your heart, and the act of faith where you are willing to believe, and put forth. Bartimaeus got up; it is time for you to get up. Jesus called him to come; He is calling you to come to Him. The two brothers, James and John, asked for something that was not prepared for them. Jesus was prepared to answer the FAITH of the blind man who called out to Jesus with reverence and awe.
Is anything too hard for God?
Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
I will say of the Lord; “You are my refuge and my fortress, my God, in you will I trust.” Psalm 91.