My last post was about a book that I had read, and I encouraged everyone to read it, so this is one of the stories that were covered in the book. Now I won’t say as much about it here as was written in the book, but this one resonated with me, and set me some goals for my own life. Have a look at this passage (Mark 10:46-52) and then you can see my thoughts about it.
Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus
Then they reached Jericho, and as Jesus and his disciples left town, a large crowd followed him. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road. When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
“Be quiet!” many of the people yelled at him.
But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, “Tell him to come here.”
So they called the blind man. “Cheer up,” they said. “Come on, he’s calling you!” Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus.
“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked.
“My rabbi,” the blind man said, “I want to see!”
And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.
There are a few things that I notice in this passage. Firstly, the blind man was told to keep quiet but he didn’t. How many times do we start to ask God for something, or start to believe that God is going to do something, only to be shouted down by people. Now don’t get me wrong, we’re not here to fight against people. The fact that they are trying to stop you from believing in what God has said, that comes from a demonic source, and we are here to fight that. Don’t let them stop you from doing what you believe that God has called you to do. The blind guy didn’t have the benefit of scripture (at least the New Testament) but he knew that Jesus had the authority to heal him. He would not be silenced. Secondly, Jesus tells the blind man to come to Him. This shows a sign of faith. Jesus didn’t go to him and heal him, He called the man over, as if to say, “If you really want it, come and get it”. The man goes one step further, he throws his robe off. Now I believe that the robes that blind people wore, identified to others that they were blind, so that people would give them money. Now the blind man threw it off, as if to show that he wouldn’t be needing it anymore. He knew that once Jesus had dealt with him, he would be leaving there with his sight. Thirdly, Jesus asks him what he wants. Surely Jesus knew what he wanted. He wanted the man to identify the problem and bring it to Him, He wanted him to bring his problem to Jesus. Lastly, Jesus said that the man’s faith had healed him. Jesus could have said, “there you go, I did another miracle”, but He didn’t.
Here is where the rubber hits the road. Next time you’re in need of a miracle in your life, how will you react? Will you call on Jesus regardless of what you’re told to do? Will you believe that you will receive your healing, to the point of taking (possibly detrimental) action? (Make sure that any action you take is still responsible). Will you identify your problem to God and believe that He has taken care of it? Faith is where your actions meet your beliefs, join me in stepping out in faith when we believe that God is working in our lives.
For more about this, I recommend that you read God Wants You Well (despite of what you may have heard).
Keep the faith!