ONE of the most powerful questions ever asked in the Bible was "What would you like me to do for you?" God asked this of the newly crowned Solomon in I Kings 3:5-14 after his father David handed the reins of Israel over to him. This was that famous night when Solomon asked God for "Wisdom" and his life was never the same again.
JESUS also asked this question of Bartimaeus from the story in Mark 10:46-52. Jesus was leaving Jericho when Bartimaeus, who was on the side of the road begging, started calling out to Him. Jesus stopped and called him over. Then, in verse 51, Jesus asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?' ...The blind man said, 'Rabbi, I want to see.' 'Go,' said Jesus, 'your faith has healed you.' Immediately he received his sight..."
THERE are a few things about this story that gets my attention. First, you got to hand it to 'ol Bart. He was shouting out for Jesus and kept it up even when everyone was trying to shush him. He was not going to be quiet or still until he got Jesus' attention. I just love his tenacity. I think Jesus was impressed as well because He called him over and asked what He could do for him. This leads me to the second thing I find interesting. Jesus asked Bart, "What do you want me to do for you?" wasn't it obvious? I wonder if the disciples were like... "The man is blind Jesus, can't you see he's blind?" But Jesus asked him anyway. Why? Because Jesus wanted Bart to say it. Now Bart could have asked for a few dollars. Maybe he had a tricky knee or a problem shoulder? I don't know he could have just wanted to say hi and ask Jesus what's up? I doubt that but Jesus wanted a specific answer. Well you know from the text, Bart said "I want to see." That's all Jesus needed to know. "Go", He said, "your faith has healed you." I think Jesus would want a specific answer from us too.
THIS question has haunted me (in a good way) over the past few days.
FIRST of all, do I want Jesus' help bad enough that I would shout after Him? Is there anything in my life I want that badly?
SECONDLY, if Jesus asked me this question what would my answer be? To be honest with you, I'm not sure. Just think of all the things we could ask for: Money, fame, success, healing, more money? How about a little pay back on those who hurt us? I could think of a few people... These may not be very spiritual answers but they are honest ones.
MOST of us know there is only one good answer to this question. Solomon nailed it in I Kings 3:9 when he asked God to give him wisdom. Wisdom is one of those words we can struggle to understand. But we know what knowledge, skill, morality, ethics and timing are. Wisdom is all of those things rolled into one quality.
WISDOM has to be the best answer. Solomon said in Proverbs 4:7, "Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom..." We could ask for money but if we didn't have wisdom we'd lose it real quick. We could ask for fame but we have seen too many "Famous Shipwrecks" in the news. We could ask for success in business, but without wisdom it would be hollow and meaningless. We could also ask God for better relationships but again without wisdom we'd probably mess them up.
GOD was so pleased Solomon asked for wisdom that He gave him all the other things he hadn't asked for (I Kings 3:10-13). You see, God knows if we have wisdom then we can be trusted everything else.
NOW I believe I have my answer when Jesus asks, "What do you want me to do for you?" I want, no, I need wisdom, give me wisdom, Lord.