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April 2023




“What do you want me to do for you?”


Wait... What? Did I read that correctly? Jesus is asking me what I want him to do for me? I thought I was supposed to ask Him what He wants me to do for Him!

 

Then they reached Jericho, and as Jesus and his disciples left town, a large crowd followed him. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road. When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout,


“Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” “Be quiet!” many of the people yelled at him. But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, “Tell him to come here.” So they called the blind man. “Cheer up,” they said. “Come on, he’s calling you!” Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus.

“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked. “My Rabbi,” the blind man said, “I want to see!” And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.


Mark 10:46-56, NLT

 

Honestly, I do not know. Jesus -- friend, companion, caring presence, keeper and healer of my fatigued soul -- help me figure out how to answer that question. I really don’t know what I want you to do for me. There are so many things I could ask – ought to ask – but what do I really need to ask of you? Meet me, there, in that mystery, would you? Amen. (You're invited to take some time to pause, stop reading this, and enter into prayer with Jesus. What is it that your soul longs to say to Jesus? Listen to Him ask you again, "What do you want me to do for you?")

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