And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10: 35-36 ESV)
And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you. And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10: 49-51 ESV)
Jesus asks the same question in the stories of two brothers – James and John, and a blind beggar named Bartimaeus. He asks: “What do you want me to do for you?”
Both have different “visions” of what they want from Jesus. For James and John, who can see, they have a vision of power and prestige that they want and that is to have the left and right side of Jesus’ throne. For Bartimaeus, he would like to see. Yet even while he cannot physically see, his “vision” is to follow Jesus, son of David, the true king of Israel and not Cesar. (v 47-49 ESV)
What Can I Do For You?
While both envision Jesus upon a throne, both imagine their positions to Jesus in vastly different ways. James and John see themselves as high ranking in the kingdom while Bartimaeus sees himself as a “follower of the Way.” The Way of Christ. (v 52 ESV)
How do we, the UMC answer Jesus’ question, “What do you want me to do for you?”
More specifically, how do we at GCFA answer this question? It is my sincere belief that all members of The United Methodist Church are partners in ministry. We believe in what God can and will do through this great connection of people and we want to do all that we can to support your great work.
Dear God, help us to discern Your vision for the Church. Help to answer the question you pose, “What do you want me to do for you?” in a manner benefiting Your Beloved. We want to follow you. Amen
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