“What Do You Want Me To Do for You?”

by Katy Kauffman


The question is an inviting one, when it comes from God the Son. It’s a question that Jesus asked two of His disciples—What do you want Me to do for you? (Mark 10:36 NKJV*). They had no trouble answering—Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left, in Your glory (Mark 10:37).


There’s bold, and then there’s out of line. Can you imagine someone asking that of Jesus, especially a disciple? But Jesus didn’t scold them. He asked them if they would be willing to suffer as He would have to suffer. He knew they would be persecuted for His sake, but to grant their request was something only the Father could do (Matthew 20:23).


If Jesus came to you with that question—“What do you want Me to do for you?”—what would you tell Him? What secret dreams do you have? What desperate need?


Jesus asked another man that question. Later in Mark Chapter 10, as Jesus walked on the road to Jericho, a blind man named Bartimaeus cried out to Him for mercy. The names he chose for Jesus showed his faith in Him—Son of David and Rabboni (Mark 10:47, 48, 51). Jesus asked him the life-changing question—What do you want Me to do for you? (Mark 10:51). Bartimaeus didn’t ask for position or riches, but for a priceless gift—to see.


Jesus said yes. Instead of scurrying away to start his new life, Bartimaeus chose another priceless treasure—he followed Jesus.


In the quiet place of your heart, what do you want the most? God knows the secret desires of our hearts, and He has a promise for us. Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4). When our desires match God’s desires for us, they will come true.


The hard part of this process is that we may hold on to our desires or our dreams above God’s, because we think they are good. But are they best? God can see what we can’t. He knows what opportunities await us if we’ll trust Him. He knows who we can help that we might not help otherwise. As we understand more of who God is and watch Him work in our lives, we see that He has our best interests at heart. That He desires the best for us. We need spiritual eyes that can see and a heart that is willing to follow Him above all else.


Joy, strength, peace, meaningful relationships, a whole heart, a purpose, and a ministry—God has these in store for those who delight in Him and follow Him. So let’s answer Jesus’ question as Bartimaeus did. Let’s ask Him for what will help us to follow Him more. Let’s trust God that He has good in store.


In the comments below, share what you would ask Jesus for. Is it strength to do each day’s work? Is it a new perspective on a tough situation? Is it a chance to minister in a new way in God’s kingdom? May the Lord hear the prayers of your heart, and may we keep an open mind before Him. Not clinging to desires that He doesn’t have for us, and not shutting out the priceless treasures He has in store. What do you want Me to do for you? O Lord, whatever You want.


*All Scripture Verses are NKJV.

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Comments (12)

  • anon

    Katy, this post provokes deep thinking. I'm going to ponder the question more deeply, but right now, I think I'd ask God give me wisdom about time use and priorities. 

    Oct 05, 2017
  • anon

    I believe that one hits home with many of us, Jeannie. Keeping the best priorities is hard when the schedule is busy. Thank you for reading the post and commenting tonight!
     

    Oct 05, 2017
  • anon

    Katy,
    I'm with Jeannie on this post. Your words bring my thoughts directily back to the One who is the only true One who can meet my soul-deep desires. He is so worthy of my pondering. Really, your post makes me realize, I just need more of Him. So, keep posting!
     

    Oct 05, 2017
  • anon

    Ah, thank you, Becky! I want to be open to God's desires for my life, especially when it comes to His timing about certain things. I want more of Him too, and not just what He can provide. Thank you for your comment. So, keep commenting! :) I enjoy discussing these things with you all.
     

    Oct 05, 2017
  • anon

    I just started going through Beth Moore's The Quest, which is all about questions. This one you pose is a tough one--I'm not sure what I would answer if I had one thing to answer. Good to ponder!
    Heather Bock
    www.glimpsesofjesus.com
     

    Oct 05, 2017
  • anon

    Hello, Heather! I didn't know Beth Moore had a new book with that focus in it. Interesting. If you think of something, come back and tell me!
     

    Oct 05, 2017
  • anon

    Great, thought-provoking post. I would ask Jesus for favor to trust Him more so others can see Jesus in me.  

    Oct 05, 2017
  • anon

    Thank you, Cherrilynn. Our faith does help others to see a difference in our lives, and the object of our faith is the one Person who can save anyone who turns to Him. Thanks for sharing!
     

    Oct 05, 2017
  • anon

    I enjoyed reading your thought provoking post.
    I would ask God for wisdom and the courage to walk in it.

    Oct 05, 2017
  • anon

    I love those two things, Connie. Thank you for sharing! Wisdom and courage are needed every day, and they're a great combination. 
     

    Oct 05, 2017
  • anon

    Wow, Katy! I felt a catch in my throat when pondering this one. I'm praying over this, but for now here's what the Spirit put on my heart. 
    "Make my desires for my life match Yours, Lord."

    Oct 05, 2017
  • anon

    That resonates with me. Thank you for sharing that, Beckie!
     

    Oct 05, 2017

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