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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

On Your Mark by Dr. George O. Wood


How Much Do You Ask?

Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road. (Mark 10:50-52, NIV)

We know him as Bartimaeus, the blind Jericho beggar sitting by the roadside as Jesus passed by. He sensed this was the opportunity of a lifetime. It turned out that he was right — Jesus was passing his way only once, headed up to Jerusalem to lay down His life for us.

Even though others tried to shush him up, Bartimaeus kept crying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.” Jesus did. As He also does with us. The Lord called to him.

May we ever be so equally excited when the Lord calls us to himself. No hesitation, no reserve!

Bartimaeus evidently had been sitting with a wrap around him. It was springtime and a bit chilly. Whenever Jesus calls us, we must also be willing to throw off stuff.

But, Jesus doesn’t heal him on the spot. Instead, He asks a question: “What do you want me to do for you?” I suspect Jesus queries him as to whether he wants a handout or something bigger. Jesus would have given him alms, but He’s ready to give more. It’s vital that, like Bartimaeus, we stretch our faith and reach for more from Him, rather than settling for less. You are coming to a King, large petitions with you bring, for His grace and power are such, none can ever ask too much!

Earlier, to attract Jesus’ attention, Bartimaeus called Him, “Son of David.” Now, in direct conversation, he simply calls Him Teacher (Rabbi). Maybe he felt he had overplayed his hand. Jesus, however, doesn’t chastise him for calling Him by a diminished title. Our Lord is not easily offended.

Can you see Bartimaeus? As a blind person, no doubt he is weaving and bobbing with nervousness as he stands before Jesus. Nevertheless he clearly knows what he wants — sight!

In healing him, Jesus takes no credit. He gives Bartimaeus a huge dose of affirmation. “Your faith has healed you.” What? The Lord himself takes no credit!

Yes, certainly the credit does belong to Jesus, since Bartimaeus could have had all the faith in the world and it still would not have cured him of his blindness. We must be careful about the object of our faith. We do not have faith in faith itself, but in our Lord! However, unless Bartimaeus had cried out while sitting by the roadside, refusing the silencing of others, he never would have been healed. So in this case the source of healing is shared: the faith of one and the power of Jesus. Graciously, the Lord takes no credit.

The fact that Bartimaeus then begins following Jesus on the way up to Jerusalem is testament to the idea that later he became well-known in the Early Church. After his healing, he continued to follow Jesus. Some may be healed and simply revert then to their old ways, to their old lives. Not so Bartimaeus.

The lesson from Bartimaeus is that we should never ask Jesus for less when He is capable of giving us more. He hears our persistent cries for mercy.

A prayer of response
Lord Jesus, You have all power, but You hold that power in reserve, waiting for me to ask, to invite You to do what I cannot do for myself.

GEORGE O. WOOD is general superintendent of the Assemblies of God.

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