35 As Jesus was approaching Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the road begging.
36 Now hearing a crowd going by, he began to inquire what this was. 37 They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by.
38 And he called out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
39 Those who led the way were sternly telling him to be quiet; but he kept crying out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
40 And Jesus stopped and commanded that he be brought to Him; and when he came near, He questioned him,
41 “What do you want Me to do for you?” And he said, “Lord, I want to regain my sight!”
42 And Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.”
43 Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him, glorifying God; and when all the people saw it, they gave praise to God.
Have you ever received a service so pleasant or a product so good that you enjoyed telling people about it and encouraged them to get it, too?
We get joy from sharing positive encounters with others. Excitement is contagious. Think about a wonderful event that you have experienced. Maybe it was your most enjoyable vacation, the birth of a child, the thrill of a special first, or a fascinating day filled with all your favorite things. Our passionate enthusiasm can motivate and persuade those around us.
That’s what we see happening here. The blind beggar’s faith in the midst of great difficulty was evident by his relentless pursuit of Jesus. His name was Bartimaeus. He struggled, yet he was persistent. Jesus was all that mattered to him. His life was instantly changed when he encountered the Savior.
From a beggar to a frontrunner, he went from getting on people’s nerves to leading the crowd in praise and worship. Talk about a great “then and now” moment! He followed Jesus, and others followed his example. Bartimaeus could not contain his delight. He was an inspiration. He pointed those around him to Jesus, and we are called do the same.
What troubling circumstances are you facing this week? Are you going to relentlessly cry out to Jesus until He helps? In so doing, you are inspiring others around you to look to Jesus as well.
- Do you consider yourself a grateful witness? Are others aware of the ways God is at work in your life? Is your worship evident? Why or why not?
- Why do you think people in the crowd were angry with him? What made him continue to cry out to Jesus?
- Pray that God will help you see Him and His glory. Ask Him to open your eyes to see Jesus for who He really is so you can grow in your obedience to Him. Ask for joy and fervor as you follow and serve Him.