After Preparing the Way Jesus Did; A Reflection

(This is a reflection after preparing for 2017 the way Jesus prepared for his ministry.) 

In Mark 10:46-52 Bartimaeus, a blind beggar sitting on the side of the road, yelled out for Jesus to have mercy on him. The people told him to be quiet, but that didn’t stop him, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Jesus stopped and gave a command for Bartimaeus to be called to him. I like to imagine everyone fell quiet. Bartimaeus threw off his cloak, sprang up, and went to Jesus. But what happens next is the first fascinating scene in this story.

Jesus asked Bartimaeus, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10:51)

This question strikes me. Jesus had to know Bartimaeus wanted sight. But he still asked him what he wanted. 

I am reminded that clarity is essential to live the life of a disciple. I end 2016 with the presupposition that I am blind to what God has for me and for BOBIC in 2017. But I do know Jesus and seek his leading into, during, and through 2017.

Jesus knows what is best for me and for BOBIC, but I wonder as I approach Him, if he will ask me the same question he asked Bartimaeus. “What do you want me to do for you Christian?” 

Bartimaeus, as we know, asked for his sight to be recovered. Here comes the second fascinating highlight in the story.

When Jesus healed other men who were blind, he touched them (Matthew 9:29, Matthew 20:34), laid hands on them (Mark 8:22-25) or anointed them with dirt (John 9:6,7). But not for Bartimaeus.

Instead, Jesus just said, “Go, your faith has healed you.”

In 2017, will Jesus be able to respond to my petitions by saying to me, “Go, your faith . . .”? I want the answer to be yes.

Bartimaeus was a man of faith, but it didn’t stop him from crying out for mercy, even in front of a crowd of people telling him to hush up. I bet it was all the more reason for him to shout. In light of this interaction, I am less concerned with what to ask for and more focused on how Jesus might respond to me.

However I choose to answer Jesus asking me what I want, I want him to be able to respond with an acknowledgement of my measure of faith in him.

As for Bartimaeus’ reaction to Jesus healing him with just a few words then telling him to go? “…And immediately he recovered his sight and followed [Jesus] on the way.” (Mark 10:52)

As a weak man, I still ask for help.

I am asking and striving for nothing more than an increase in my faith in Jesus Christ and that as it increases, any selfish desire or ambition be killed. I want to move forward in 2017 with the clarity that only comes from Christ and a peace that transcends all understanding.

Bartimaeus chose Jesus when he was blind and he chose Jesus when he could see. I have a hundred ideas about what 2017 might hold for my family and for BOBIC, but apart from Christ they’re all worthless. I reaffirm my choosing Jesus and ask him to have mercy on me and give me a bold faith like Bartimaeus.

How would you respond if Jesus called for you and asked, “What do you want me to do for you?” 

1 reply
  1. Scott Adams
    Scott Adams says:

    This is a great way to start the year! A hard and yet simple question to answer, “what do you want me to do for you?” Jesus knows what we all need but I think He asks so we are CLEAR what we NEED. I am praying that my answer would be similar…I want to see. To see clearly God’s love for me through his Son Jesus, to see clearly how i can best show His love to others and to be bold enough to cry out to Him each day.


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