May 25, 2012
Can You See Him During Difficult Times?
Can You See Him During Difficult Times is a sermon I came across on the lifechurch.tv website. The scriptures is Mark 10:46-52. The pastor spoke about Bartimaeus and his trial as a blind man. Here are my notes:
Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. 51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” 52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road. Mark 10:46-52
5 Lessons from a Blind Beggar
- Don’t wait for perfect conditions – Mark 10:46 – When we go through hard times, there is no wrong time to call out to Jesus for help. Bartimeaus was surrounded by a large crowd and although he didn’t have good conditions he sought out Jesus. His story teaches us that there is no wrong time to ask for help and we should never make an excuse or try to fix the problem on our own.
- Concentrate on what you do have – Mark 10:47 – Focus on the strengths, not the weaknesses. Even though Bartimaeus couldn’t see Jesus with his physical eyes, he concentrated on what he did have – his hearing. He maximized the good in his life to experience Jesus. Don’t focus on what you don’t have, focus on what you do.
- Don’t be swayed by public opinion – Mark 10:48 – Bartimaeus was rebuked by many and told to be quiet. But, he knew he needed a miracle. He overcame the crowd to get in contact with Jesus. If he hadn’t rebuked them he might have never received his sight again. During trials, we will come across Faith Suckers, Faith intimidatiors and Faith Mockers. We have to overcome those who will rebuke or laugh at us. Many thought Abraham and Sarah were crazy for waiting on a baby, but through there faith, God blessed them.
- Jesus hears the cries of desperate people – Mark 10:49-51 – As Jesus was walking on the road, he heard the cry of one desperate blind beggar, Bartimaeus. He hears our every prayer and our desperate cries and when we believe, He answers our prayers. In vs 51, the blind man was willing to throw aside the cloak to follow Jesus which was very significant in this story. What is it that we are are willing to throw aside to follow Jesus? Pride, Anger, Control, Envy?
- Follow Jesus when times turn good – Mark 10:52 – The most important thing for Bartimaeus wasn’t getting his eyesight back, but it was following Jesus. Even when we receive a miracle we need to continue to follow Jesus.
These 5 points are so applicable to our current trial. Immediately, we were on our knees desperate for Jesus. C.J reminded me that we have been blessed so much and that we have to focus on what we do have – God and each other, and not mourn the loss of what we don’t have. Through peoples’ remarks, we have already experienced and come across those who have had difference of opinion (“why can’t you just adopt?”). A frequent question I hear now is, “You have been married a year now, when are you having kids” and when I tell C.J the weekly comments, he reminds me that we are on God’s timing and not our own or others. We are so thankful that God hears our cries and has been showing us favor in small ways. We know he will never leave us or forsake us during this time. I will be the first to admit, when things are going good in life, it doesn’t seem as much of a necessity to be on our knees for Jesus, but I hope that I will never forget the feeling when the first phone call came of this bad news and how desperate we were. We are desperately praying that our story ends up like Bartimaeus and that we too receive healing.
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