Here it is the question that has been rattling around in my head for quite a while now, I have concluded it could be the most dangerous question God can ask you.
"What do you want me to do for you?" Jesus asked him. The blind man said, "Rabbi, I want to see." Mark 10:51
Jesus asked this question to the blind man and his answer was, he wanted to see. If Jesus came up to you today and asked you “______Your Name, what do you me to do for you?”
What would you answer? CAREFUL now!
Remember you only get one answer, one chance at this question. It can be tricky.
I have gone around and around in my head trying to figure out exactly how I would answer this question and frankly, I am stumped. Oh I have come up with some answers and that is the problem. My answer changes, depending on the day.
Most of us would spontaneously answer with whatever our biggest problem at the time is: I want my car fixed, I want a bigger house, I want a different job, I want more money, I want to be thinner, I want to be taller or shorter… I want…………
The blind man wanted to see. For the blind man, seeing was life, basically he was asking to live.
In Biblical times a beggar had no real existence. Dressed in rags, no shoes, dirty and smelly sitting by the dusty street side, begging and yelling out to people he could not see, functioning by his other senses: smell, touch and hearing. There were many days where his rumbling belly never got filled, his aching body got damaged as those people he could not see carelessly ran into him, over him, ignored him or shunned him. Sometimes they cursed him, more often than not he was despised for even living. He was the one who could not see but he was invisible to those around him.
One thing we know about Jesus’ track record, is that He does not do things partially. He completes His purpose and does the whole complete job.
Do we, like the blind man, really want to see? What exactly, did the blind man get to see?
Jesus had compassion on the blind man and opened his eyes. Jesus did a complete healing, so I wonder did he get to see the spiritual world as well as the physical? What exactly did the blind man get to see? Could he see as Jesus saw?
Was he now able to see into people’s thoughts, their souls? Jesus could.
A dirty mute man sitting beside another road wanted to speak. He tried to get Jesus attention, but could not call out. Jesus found him and had compassion for him and released his tongue.
But what did the mute man get to speak? Jesus only can speak truth, He cannot lie. Were the new words of the mute man only the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Was his mouth now governed by God? Jesus does a whole work in healing. Were his words uplifting and encouraging always? Was he required to go and talk only about God? What did the mute man get to speak?
We never find out but it makes me wonder.
What would your answer be? “What do you want me to do for you?”
Remember if you asked for a bigger house or a new job, you could be given it, but it might be on the other side of the world.
If you asked to see, could you handle seeing the spiritual world as well as the physical? I once heard about a man who received this special gift and lasted 3 days before he begged God to take it back. The unseen world around us was much to real for that man.
What if our answer was I want to be more like Jesus? Jesus suffered greatly and to become more like Jesus it could mean more suffering, is that what you want?
The question has implications beyond measure.
Most of us live our lives as if we have a handicap. We stifle out emotions, our reactions, we monitor our behavior so we "fit in". We live as if other peoples judgement of us is "real". Very few people truly know how to live life in its very fullness.
Lately I have been pondering this question, what would I answer? Do I err on the side of caution or go big: "Lord I want to see!" like the blind man.
Have I lived enough of my life being handicapped that I would throw out the big answer – God I want to live!
I am not sure but I am wondering if perhaps, I would defer like Abraham and Lot and say to God, “you choose.” Cop out? Maybe.
If that is the case then I ask myself, do I really want to be asked the question?
On the other hand God says you have not because you ask not (James 4:2)
This is a question not to be taken carelessly.
What my friend, would your answer be?