A Strange Question

Guest Post by John Elzinga


You  have the option to view the video version of today’s “Guest Post” by John Elzinga by clicking HERE or by reading the “transcript below:

A strange question Jesus asked:  “When he came near [the blind man], Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?”” Luke 18:36-43 (esp. vs. 40b-41)

There he was, blind and a “beggar” sitting on the roadside in which Jesus was passing by. Jesus was not alone, there was a crowd with him, tagging along, watching His every move.

There’s this “beggar,” blind at that, who was informed Jesus was coming.

He saw the opportunity and began to call out to Jesus, hoping He would hear him.

“Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me!”

Those who led the crowed told him to shut up.  (Jesus has more important things to do than to pay you any attention)

But he called again, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

So, he got Jesus’ attention and Jesus went over to him and asks this very strange question, “What do you want me to do for you?” 

You may be thinking, “Kind of obvious, isn’t it?”

Yes. It. Is!

Consider this: many leaders don’t ask questions like this.  They assume the obvious.  They don’t ask “what do you want me to do for you?” because they assume that whatever the issue is, it’s the employee’s issue alone.

A modem day, leadership version of this question would simply be, “How can I help?” A popular adage about leadership is that it is the job of the leader to remove obstacles that stand in way so team members can be more effective in achieving the goals that surround their roles. “How can I help,” gets to the core of how any leader/manager can engage with their team so they collectively, as an organization, fulfill their role in the world.

Dear leader, next time you see a team member struggling or frustrated or with that dazed look in their eyes and simply ask: “How can I help?”  Don’t assume they know how to get through it all, in fact, you may be the key to removing the obstacles that are in their way. And just knowing that you are for them, that you are on their side, and that you will do everything you can to make them successful may be all they need and empower them to break through whatever wall is holding them back.

John shared that you can download “339 Questions Jesus Asked” by clicking HERE

Note from Bob:  John Elzinga is a friend of mine. John has a devotional channel called “It’s a Great Day to Serve the Lord!” I highly recommend you check it out.  This particular devotional is posted there as well. You can find it at https://www.youtube.com/@gdsl4891/videos

John Elzinga


Throughout the years John Elzinga has been in ministry, business, and leadership training.  He is a public speaker on matters of leadership, culture building, and customer service. Simultaneously John served many churches teaching and preaching as needed.  His devotional channel is called “It’s a Great Day to Serve the Lord!” You can find out more about John on his website at www.johnelzinga.com  These devotionals are found on his YouTube Channelhttps://www.youtube.com/@gdsl4891/videos


Good Questions Trump Easy Answers

Excerpted with the permission of the authors from Chapter One of Power Questions We’re sitting comfortably...

Questions and Time

Guest Post by John Dewenter Introduction: Have you ever thought about how you may have asked questions of...

Antidote to Stress and Anxiety

Guest Post by Roy Peterson The pressure of leadership in the business and ministry world has taken its toll...


Guest Post by Dan Rockwell Leadership is more than getting things done. Leaders bring out the best in people....

Where Were You and What Were You Doing When You Heard the News 22 Years Ago Today

Today is a Day of Remembrance!  22 years ago today, America was attacked. I am curious, if you were then...

Is Your Message Good Enough?

Guest Post by Dr. Ron Harris Note from Bob:  You can either view Dr. Ron Harris sharing his “Guest...

How to Ask Questions That Generate Possibilities

Guest Post by Keith Webb Originally published at keithwebb.com  Questions are not all equal. Some questions...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.