What is it you want Jesus to do for you?

Published 6:00 am Friday, March 20, 2020

“And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Master, let me receive my sight.” Mark 10:51 RSV.

I am confident that somewhere along your journey you have been intentional in asking something of someone to fill a need or void in your life. I have found that oftentimes such a request is made by asking someone, “I want you to do me a small favor.”

In many instances the need is nothing really big, after all, it’s only a small favor. Sound familiar? However, on other occasions the same question might be posed to someone you know well, and the need may be of greater consequence.

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In both situations the person whom you are making the request, may or may not be able to grant it or simply may even choose not to do it. Seldom however, is such a question posed to someone you do not know, but it depends on the sense of urgency of the matter at hand. Either way, there are those who will grant us favors and bless our lives in times of need regardless of how small or large the request.

However, there are other times whereby life can bring us to a junction where the need is far more urgent than just asking for a mere favor, small or large.

Life can yield unusual pressing circumstances, which causes one to cry out to Jesus for mercy. This is what the blind man had done as Jesus was passing by. He recognized that his need could only be met by a source of divine nature.

Jesus stops and calls him from the crowd and answers with a pointed and most important question, “What do you want me to do for you?”

The blind man says to him, “Master, I want to receive my sight.” And Jesus grants his petition by healing him and his sight was restored.

I submit to you that in these challenging times of anxiety and fear of the uncertainty of rapid wide-spread chronic health issues, which has negatively impacted life and living conditions throughout our nation and the world, our need can be equated to that of the blind man.

He needed help from a divine source to come to his rescue. I submit that Jesus is still constantly passing our way and he awaits our cries and petitions for help.

Moreover, he still asks each of us who would dare call, “What is it that you want me to do for you?”

Please answer him today for your every need and include not only yourself and your loved ones, but also our nation and the world. Cry out to Him.

REV. DR. JAMES TAYLOR III is pastor of Jericho Baptist Church in Farmville. His email address is jht3@verizon.net.