This morning devotional comes from Johannes Slabbert. Enjoy!
And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:46-47 ESV) You can read the full text here
In today’s text we see something happening that happens to each Christian daily -Bartimaeus was sitting on the roadside and Jesus came passing by. Jesus passes by us several times a day. It is not always in the way He appeared to “Bart” but He is present with us daily and wants to use us.
Let me ask you, do you feel that presence? Maybe you are too busy caring for yourself or you are just not paying attention to the whisper of Christ.
Jesus wants to give us opportunities where He can open our spiritual eye to what He is doing so let’s talk about the forms Jesus can show up in today’s life.
Look at these examples:
1. Well I just saw that man walking on the roadside in 20 degree weather and 70 mph wind gust (you know this is in Wyoming). Something tells you that you should turn around and pick him up but you talk yourself out of it.
2. This person is in need of some assistance in a well known store but cannot help themselves due to their disability. he is dirty and looks homeless. You say to yourself 'I do not want to be seen with them so let me get out of there real quick’.
3. Jonny does not have any money and he is in dire need and is requesting some help from you. You think, 'Man I don’t have money to give to him I hardly get by as it is. Someone else will take care of it'.
See, in all these instances you let your human nature rule you. Just like the people that rebuked “Bart”, you are doing the same thing. A child of God is in need and you just pass on by. You had the chance to show them the love of God and bless them with what God has blessed you with. In this instance, you had a chance to be the hands and feet of Christ and to be blessed by Him for your actions towards His children. God uses these opportunities to see our real heart deep down inside through our actions. All three instances above ended with you PASSING BY JESUS.
Jesus shows us a great example in the text above. You see a man that is low on the totem pole and is getting rebuked by the people around him. “Bart” was not the type of guy people cared much for due to his condition. Why was that? He had nothing to offer them. So what does Jesus do when He passes by this poor man with no sight and that is looked down upon? JESUS STOPS!! CALLS HIM!! HEALS HIM!! After this experience, “Bart” got confirmation of two things:
1. Jesus loves me!
2. He is the Son of God.
By following this example you can change the scene in a major way. By stopping and caring and giving of what you have been blessed with the saying can change from “Passing by Jesus” to “Jesus stopped in”.
I want to challenge you today to look for those opportunities that Jesus has for you to represent Him to the least of these. When the world says don’t …….. you do! When you start to say no think of who you are saying no to.
Let’s love like Jesus and get people to say 'today Jesus just stopped in'!
Bless others and receive a greater blessing from God!