While I was working through my one word
I realised afresh that Jesus asked a lot of questions.

He didn’t hand out too many tomes of apologetics
Or colour-coded maps with seven easy steps to proper beliefs.
He said things like
“Come follow me.”
And amazingly
people just dropped everything
and did it.
(You learn a lot by living with someone.)
He asked questions requiring great reflection,
inviting discussion because
“Who do you say I am?”

The frequent question Jesus asked
of blind beggars and mothers and disciples
(And so probably me) (and probably you)
is a bit stunning in its simplicity.

“What do you want me to do for you?”

At first all I can think is how
This is my Jesus – generous, humble, loving.

I see blind beggars crying out for mercy and sight
receiving both.
I know that there are mothers grieving that would say
“Give me my child back.”
And there are others soul-hungry for some change
or peace or love or even just a good night’s sleep.

He always asks these questions that
make me look deep and draw deep and
feel uncomfortable and then I realise
I’m wrestling and questioning, praying and seeking,
wondering what is the deepest cry of my heart
my deepest need,
and that is probably exactly what He wanted.

What do you want me to do for you?

What would I say?
If He was standing here
(I kind of picture him with very kind brown eyes)
And he asked me, What do you want me to do for you?”
What would I say to such a generous question?

My heart’s first response is only this:
“Can I just be with you?”

Linked up with beloved Emily at imperfect prose.

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    “can i just be with you?”


    and so thankful, we can 🙂

  • Wow. Great question. I think I would cheat and say something like “Can you clear up a few questions for me real quick? That’s really all I want.” But of course He would probably answer with questions of his own, never resolving anything perfectly, because we don’t grow by easy answers. Sigh.

    This is the Jesus I want to love, because the God I see so often elsewhere in the Bible seems…antithetical to the Jesus of the gospels. I know that’s not true, but I’ve had a hard time reconciling them the last few years.

    • Thanks, David. I think I’m still trying to find some of those answers. Just when I feel satisfied with something, something else comes up!

  • Answering that question forces me to admit that I want so many other things than just being with Jesus.

    I did notice this morning that when the Centurion came to Jesus about his sick servant, Jesus offered to go to his home and heal the servant. I realized that the Centurion just told Jesus his problem and didn’t propose a solution. And the Centurion just trusted Jesus to do it all. I hope I can learn to let go and trust Jesus in the same way.

  • wow. probing post…what would i ask…a great thing to ponder and i hope my answer could be just as humble….

  • Courtney

    Gosh. What a great question. And knowing that he’s asked it of us is humbling and scary all at the same time. I feel like I’ve been given so much it would be rude to ask for more… I like your response…just be with him…we can’t go wrong…

  • Nathalie

    I spent a couple of minutes perusing your blog. Just wanted to say thanks…thanks for sharing your heart and your journey with Jesus. I am the daughter of missionaries…and grew up being poured into by people who live faithfully for Christ. I too am a Christ follower…but have been going through a strange questioning season….lots of doubt and questions and wondering…followed by confusion and examination…etc etc. I know the Lord is taking me deeper. Anyhoo…just wanted to say that I was encouraged by you. Thanks
    Nathalie (after-belly.blogspot.com)

    • Thank you so much, Nathalie. That means a lot to me.

  • There is a very gentle wisdom in these words, caring wisdom. I heart these words today.

    And your response to the question – perfect. I tried, really tried, and can’t think of a better one.

    God Bless and Keep you and all of yours

  • Melissa@onething

    Oh yes…drop everything and just be!
    And…a good night sleep would be lovely too.

  • yes. i have shivers. i want to just be with him too, dear friend. that’s all i want. what a gorgeous, humbling post. thank you so much.

  • One of my favourite questions. Ever. I kinda picture Jesus with soft, as in kind, brown eyes too.

    • I just can’t stop thinking of it. We always seem to think that we’re supposed to above having wants or needs.

  • Anne J.

    Ahhhhh. Thank you.

  • Mary1912

    Oooh. I love this. This is the essence of what I know Christ is asking of us. This is the heart of who he is. And we have shied away from this…thinking to ask Jesus anything for ourselves is selfishness at the core. When that is what he asked ALL THE TIME. It’s rare to be taught to approach God in this manner.

    • I agree completely, Mary. I feel like a light just went on these past two weeks for me.

  • Absolutely


  • Your words are like chapstick on my cracked lips. Can’t get enough! I linked up to this post and a couple of others on my humble corner of the web. Hope this is okay?