What do you want me to do for you?

By Dr. David Rogers

My life verse tends to depend on whatever season of life I happen to be experiencing at the time.  As I began 2017, I was studying for an upcoming series I am going to preach leading to Easter.  During my studies I came across a question that Jesus tended to ask on multiple occasions.

“What do you want me to do for you?”  Jesus asks this question to his disciples, James and John, and later to a blind man named Bartimaeus.  He asked the same question in two different scenarios that both happened on the same day.  I’m not going to give all the background that I learned through my studies and prayer time surrounding this question.  You’ll have to come and listen to my sermon for all that!

However, what I will share with you is that Jesus asked this question while he was on his way to Jerusalem to die on the cross for the sins of the world.  So much was on his mind during these final days of his life before his crucifixion.  The crowds were growing and his popularity was as well.  People knew about Jesus, his teachings, and the miracles he was doing.  In the midst of these monumental moments of his mission, Jesus still had time for the requests of people he met along the road and walked through life with day by day.

“What do you want me to do for you?”

Jesus seemed to take time to think about others no matter what was on his mind.  That is remarkable to me.  As one who has my share of noise and people in the pathways of my life, I have been making a prayerful and intentional effort to try and approach this season of life with the same verse and question Jesus did.

What do you want me to do for you?”

I believe if I continue to stop and try to meet the needs of others.  I believe if I stop and listen to others.  I believe if I stop and give attention to those who indicate they have a need, I will become more and more like the man Jesus desires for me to be.  In doing so, I believe my life will look more and more like the verses I read in the Bible that describe who Jesus is.  That is the life verse that is resonating and forming me during this season.  I pray I can be more like him as I make myself available to meet the needs of those who may answer the question: What do you want me to do for you?

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