Sunday, November 13, 2011

Thankful for His Question~

And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. 
 ~Mark 10:46 (KJV)

Bartimaeus had a need. Each day he sat by the highway, calling out to all who passed by. Chances are, on most days, his cry went unnoticed. People hurried on their way, too busy or too preoccupied, or simply too self-absorbed to even notice this man, much less hear his plea for help. If he was lucky, someone might toss a coin in his direction, then hurry on by. But the coin was just enough to help him "get by" - just enough to help him survive. It did nothing to change his situation or his circumstances.

What is the cry of your heart?

Who (or what) have you been crying out to?

Are you depending on the people (or things) around you to give you what you need, or to change your current situation?

If so, is your situation changing?....or like Bartimaeus, do you keep finding yourself sitting on the sidelines of life, barely getting by, simply surviving, still in need, day after day?

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!”
~ Mark 10:47-48 (NLT)

Then, one day, everything changed. Jesus was in town. In fact, He was nearby! Not only had Bartimeaus heard that Jesus was within shouting distance, he had probably heard WHO Jesus was and WHAT Jesus did was worth shouting about!!!! He began to call out to Jesus, but immediately, those around him began to yell at him to be quiet.

Do you let the opinions, the actions, or the beliefs of others keep you from crying out to Jesus?


Do you cry once, only to give up when the burdens and the cares of this world try to silence your faith?


Are you persistent in your cry for help?


Jesus stopped in his tracks. "Call him over." They called him. "It's your lucky day! Get up! He's calling you to come!" Throwing off his coat, he was on his feet at once and came to Jesus.
 ~Mark 10:49-50, (The Message)

Bartimaeus cried out to Jesus and his cry stopped Jesus in His tracks. Bartimaeus cried out to Jesus and his cry was met with an invitation; an invitation to come to the only one capable of meeting his need. Suddenly, he didn't need the help of anyone (or anything)....only Jesus. Instantly, this blind beggar threw off his coat, hopped to his feet and came to Jesus.

What is the cry of your heart?


Have you cried out to Jesus?


When He has invited you to come and freely receive that which you desire most, have you accepted His offer?


Like Bartimaeus, do you need to throw off your coat of guilt or shame, of doubt or unbelief, (or fill in the blank), so it can no longer hinder you in your pursuit to run 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.
 ~Mark 10:51-52 (NLT)

Every day, Bartimaeus begged for money. This wasn't the deepest need of his heart, though. When Jesus asked him this question, Bartimaeus asked for that which mattered the most to him, that which would not merely help him get by, or help him survive, but that which would change his situation forever. He wanted to see! He wanted to view life in a brand new way. He wanted to truly live, not just exist. And Jesus, in his ever-present mercy and grace, gave him the desire of his heart. No longer was Bartimaeus found begging along the side of the highway, stumbling his way through life. From this moment on, He kept his eyes on Jesus, following where ever He led, living the abundant life found only in HIM.

Are you ready to have your deepest need met?

Are you ready to see (and live!) your life in a brand new way?


Today, right now, Jesus is near. Today, right now, Jesus is asking you.....

What do you want me to do for you?

Don't be afraid to tell Jesus what it is. He is asking. He is waiting to help.

Right now!!!

Get up!!!

Throw off whatever is holding you back, and run to Jesus!

In reckless abandon, fall at his feet!

In faith, cry out to Jesus!

Let your faith heal you and make you whole

Today, Jesus is passing by. All it takes is one touch to change your life forever.

Are you willing to risk everything and run to Him,
                                                
                                                   or are you content
                                                                   
                                                                       to let Him simply

                                                                                                 pass

                                                                                                            you

                                                                                                                       by?

It's your call and...

It's never.........or it's NOW~


4 comments:

  1. I love how you walked me through this story, Stacy -- it made me slow down and really appreciate all the particular details. At first I didn't recognize the story (until the very end, when Jesus tells the man he has been healed) -- that alone tells me I have not been paying very close attention to what I read in the Bible. And every bit of every story is critical, as you so clearly point out here. Thank you!

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  2. Ditto what Michelle sad. Beautiful post. Thanks for sharng this. I love meme to. Usin' it n Monday and all all week! Jessvis what I need!

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  3. Sorry about the typo! Readng frm my phone
    It won't let me edit. Praising Jesus!

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  4. Thanks for this biblestudy. It touches my heart.
    What do you want me to do for you? ... I would love to have more patience to bear the burden that God gave me. Children with disabilities. I ask not for healing but I ask for 'other eyes' so I see that my children also have possibilities. Thank you for this refreshing post!

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