This is the question Jesus asked the blind Bartimaeus. The story unfolded like this:
Then 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. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.
The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road. Mark 10:46-52 NIV
Bartimaeus had a specific request: “Rabbi” he said, “I want to see.” Of course, Jesus gave him exactly what he asked. Bartimaeus received his sight.
Often times when people are asked a similar question, they don’t have the answer. It’s almost like they are caught off-guard when a few minutes earlier they, the same people, were complaining just about everything. They’ll start second guessing themselves (omg, what should I ask). They will be doubting “may be this request is too much or that request is too little.” They may be thinking like “I have a long list.”
I meet clients in my real estate business who think they need to move to somewhere or to a different neighborhood. Some are feeling it’s time to sell their homes and when you come down to the wire, most of them don’t even know why they want to find a new place. People live based on feelings.
Look, I am sure Bartimaeus went through mind boggling phases. The guy was poverty, stricken beggar and who knows for how long. I am sure he needed more than one request at the same time he stuck to his gun “I want to see.” He heard commotions going around about this Jesus but he couldn’t see him. He heard about miracles Jesus had performed, Bartimaeus was like “I want to see this man.” And I believe that was the basis of his specific request because believe me, he could have asked for money like he had done many times before however, that day was different. Bartimaeus wanted to participate.
Let’s take the above example into our own lives. Trust when I write we are all blind beggars in our own ways. Yes, it’s true, and Jesus is asking you “what do you want me to do for you?”
I struggled with the question for as long as I can remember. I know I want something. I want many things though I don’t know what’s more important if I have to choose one. Should I ask for the fish or for a fishing net, money or knowledge to acquire it? Should I ask for a raise or company shares! you get the picture.
I found the answer–finally, from His word. If Jesus asks me (and I believe He does) “what do you want me to do for you?” My answer is in the book of Ephesians 1:17-19, 23
“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power. Which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all“
I will say Lord,
1 Give to me the spirit of wisdom and revelation in my knowledge of You.
2 Enlighten the eyes of my understanding that I might receive the fullness of Your Spirit and power within me.
3 Open my heart and spirit to the unlimited hope of my calling.
4 May I fully understand, appreciate, and be thankful for the riches and glory of my inheritance.
5 Let me fully comprehend the greatness of Your power as it flows to me from Your omnipotence.
6 Fill me with all Your fullness.
If I have to pick one of the six, then I would go with number 6. I will ask him to “fill me with all His fullness”
What do you want me to do for you? Share your thoughts!!