annoyance or opportunity


October 2015 (31)Mark 10:46-52

46 Then they came into Jericho. While he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to scream out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 Many harshly ordered him to shut up, but he screamed out even louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage; get up, he is calling you.” 50 Then, throwing off his cloak, he jumped up and came to Jesus. 51 Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My great one,[1] that I may see again.” 52 Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Just then he saw again and followed him on the road.

annoyance or opportunity

Jesus had just taught his apostles that leadership in his kingdom is not about using people and controlling them; it is about serving people and saving them. The very next incident Mark chooses to record in his Gospel illustrates the point. Blind Bartimaeus could be an annoyance for Jesus (as he apparently was for those who tried to shut him up) or an opportunity to serve. The beggar himself only presented his need. Jesus recognized that need as an opportunity to demonstrate not only the power of the kingdom, but also its purpose. Restoring people is what the kingdom of God is all about. Needy, broken, blind beggars are something to stop what we are doing for. They are an opportunity for us to be great. Spending time helping, loving, and praying for the needy is what Christian leadership is all about.

LORD, make us sensitive to the opportunities to serve you put in our way every day.

[1] Aramaic רבוני

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