“Jesus asked him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ The blind man answered, ‘Teacher, I want to see.’” Mark 10:51, NCV
After Bartimaeus chose faith over fear, Jesus asked him an important question, “What do you want me to do for you?”
Why do you think Jesus asked that question? The answer seems obvious. Jesus had the power to heal, and Bartimaeus needed his blindness cured.
Jesus asked the question for Bartimaeus’ benefit – and ours. It allowed Bartimaeus to publicly announce his faith – that he trusted in Jesus’ ability and willingness to heal him. Bartimaeus believed Jesus wasn’t just a teacher, but that He was also God. Before Jesus, no prophet from Israel had ever cured blindness. The blind man was trusting Jesus to do something that had never been done before. That’s faith!
Here’s the amazing thing: Jesus asks you the very same question, “What do you want me to do for you?” This isn’t a question of entitlement; it’s a question that builds faith because it forces you to look inward and examine your expectations of Jesus.
If you don’t trust God to work powerfully in and through your life, chances are, He won’t.
God wants to work in your life. He has big plans, and He wants to use you to make a difference in the world. Do today what the blind man did long ago: Cry out for help. Take an honest look at what is broken in your life, and ask Jesus for hope and healing.
In faith, what do you want from Jesus?