“What do you want Me to do for you?” –Jesus (Mark 10:46-52)
What exactly is it that you want Jesus to do for you right now? When I think of the word do, I think of an action, physically doing something. In the portion of Scripture where Jesus heals blind Bartimaeus He asks him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” (Mark 10:51) The word ‘do’ in this verse is poieō. It means to band together, bear, cast out, lighten the ship, shoot out, take, tarry (Strong’s). Jesus is asking Bartimaeus what he physically AND spiritually wants Him to do. What is it that you want Jesus to bear? What is it that you want Jesus to band together with you on? What is it that you want Jesus to cast out? What is it that you want Jesus to lighten the ship for you? What is it that you want Jesus to take for you?
When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was coming, he cried out for Jesus, Son of David, to have mercy on him. But the people warned him to be quiet, but that just made him cry out all the more! (Mark 10:48) Jesus stands still and commanded Bartimaeus to be called (v. 49). The people that were just telling him to be quiet tell Bartimaeus that Jesus is calling him. He threw aside his garment, rose up, and went to Jesus. This is where Jesus asks Bartimaeus the earth shattering question. His response was to receive his sight. The only other time Jesus spoke in this portion of Scripture is when he says, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” Bartimaeus immediately received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.
I can hear it now:
“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see.”
This just makes me want to shout for joy! Had Bartimaeus listened to those who were quieting him, he would’ve missed out on the greatest blessing of his entire life. Nowadays we hear that we need to “tone down” our Christianity. You’re just too “Christian”. What if we listened to people trying to silence us in our faith? We could possibly miss out on the greatest blessing in our lives. Jesus stood still when Bartimaeus cried out.
“He cried out to the Lord Jesus for mercy; Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David. Misery is the object of mercy, his own miserable case he recommends to the compassion of the Son of David, of whom it was foretold, that, when he should come to save us, the eyes of the blind should be opened, (Isa. 35:5). In coming to Christ for help and healing, we should have an eye to him as the promised Messiah, the Trustee of mercy and grace.” –Matthew Henry
We carry around burdens that we were never meant to carry that eventually weigh us down. Going back to the definition of do, Jesus took that burden to the cross for you already. Before Bartimaeus goes to Jesus, he throws his garment down. This garment was a robe, a cloak, something that weighed him down. He knew if Jesus called, He’d heal. He knew what was about to take place, so he laid down the very thing that was weighing him down, his garment. We need to lay down at the feet of Jesus that very thing that is weighing us down, weighing down on our souls.
“He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall BEAR their iniquities. Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His soul unto death, and he was numbered with the transgressors, and He BORE the sins of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” (Isaiah 53:11-12).
The last thing Bartimaeus does is follow Jesus. He truly encountered Jesus and wanted nothing more than to be with Him. Jesus wasn’t done with Bartimaeus. And as long as you’re breathing, He’s not done with you, either. When you truly encounter Jesus, He will not only be all that you need, but He will be all that you want.
“It is not enough to come to Christ for spiritual healing, but, when we are healed, we must continue to follow him; that we may do honour to him, and receive instruction from him. Those that have spiritual eye-sight, see that beauty in Christ, that will effectually draw them to run after him.” –Matthew Henry
Are you running after Him?