Sunday, March 4, 2012

It's Never.........Or It's NOW!

I will never forget that moment almost six years ago now.

Sitting in a staff meeting one morning, a colleague read a short devotional based on a passage found in Mark 10. Then, he led us in a short prayer. On any other day, after the prayer, the Pastor would have dove right into our work assignments for the day and the issues at hand. Not this day. The prayer finished and we were met with silence; a silence that lingered, creating an uneasiness in the room.

After several moments, the Pastor, looking at no one in particular, yet speaking directly to everyone seated at the table asked, "What do you want Jesus to do for you?" Again, silence. Minutes ticked by as we each allowed this question to penetrate our heart. "What do I want Jesus to do for me?"


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.
~ Mark 10:46-52, NLT

I often wonder what it would have been like to have lived during the time of Jesus' earthly ministry. As He went from town to town and village to village, people young and old crowded around to hear His words and to witness His healing touch. If I had been there, I think, I too would have been among the crowd. I, too, would have followed Jesus.

I wonder, though, would I have had the courage, the boldness or the faith to cry out to Him with my own need. Sadly, I don't think I would have. I would have wanted to, to be sure......but, I think I would have let the opinions of the crowd and my own poor self-image keep me at a distant.

"Who am I to think I can interrupt Jesus while He is ministering to those who need him?"

"Why should I take up Jesus' time when there are so many more who needed Him more than I do?"

"Why would Jesus want to heal me?"

Yes, I would have wanted to run to Him, but...

As I have studied this passage of scripture, my eyes have been opened to see my own spiritual blindness....my own spiritual need. As I have looked deep into my heart, I now realize I am in greater need than the blind beggar, Bartimaues. When Jesus drew near, He had the courage and the faith to cry out to Him. But me....I often stay silent. I have the faith....but I don't ask. Every single moment of my life Jesus is here, and I just let Him pass me by.

Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.
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Oh, for the courage of Bartimaeus. He didn't allow anything or anyone (not even himself ) to keep him from drawing near Jesus and experiencing His touch. He boldly cried out and in faith, received.

Bartimaeus did nothing to make himself worthy of receiving this miracle from God. When he ran to Jesus, he was just an ordinary human being in need....just like you and me. He knew all he needed could be found in Jesus. I think he also knew that Jesus invites us to come as we are. After all, aren't we powerless to come any other way?

You see, Jesus doesn't see us the same way we see ourself. Yes, he sees the real, ugly sinful person that we are, but He sees us through His eyes of love. He sees us as His child. He sees us as someone worth giving His own life for. He sees our need....but looks beyond it to see the ONE in need. He simply wants us to come...to not let anything or anyone, not even ourself, keep us from experiencing His love and receiving His touch.

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 never.........or it's NOW!


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2 comments:

  1. Oooh, very good Stacy, great encouragement
    God bless
    Tracy

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  2. I run into His arms... there is nowhere else to go!
    I love this Stacy... He is now here

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