Mark Has Some Good News, Part 45, In The Way, In Jesus Name

Mark 10:

Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus

46 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. 47 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!" 48 And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" 49 And Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." And they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take heart. Get up; he is calling you." 50 And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51 And Jesus said to him, "What do you want me to do for you?" And the blind man said to him, "Rabbi, let me recover my sight." 52 And Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your faith has made you well." And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.

Do we overlook those who cry the loudest for Jesus in our ministry to those who have him?

This is going to be a tough post for church people religion and fame have a nasty way of creating enough of a buzz to silence out the real needs of individuals in a community. And as Jesus was walking into a town the last were not first like he was teach. That same teaching was what was making him famous, yet when he showed up the people forgot about the last or more commonly known as the lost and just focused on what they wanted.

Which is not a bad thing in itself when all you want to do is be with Jesus. But Jesus didn't come to be praised and act like a rock star on tour. He came to teach heal and cast out demons. And the crowd silenced a man who fit one of those categories.

How often do we as church members exclude or avoid the hurting the broken or the lost in our communities so we can focus on ourselves and put us first. How many potlucks end with full stomachs and a complete disregard for even one hungry family in the neighborhood? How many kids at your local high school will be headed to "Hell" because they don't know Jesus and the youth group focuses on providing a safe Christian environment instead of a Christ centered theology.

We love being Christians just like that crowd loved being near Jesus. But allowing Jesus to work through us in our midst as opposed to for us is the main issue here. Ask you self literally when's the last time you talked to another person about your faith. When's the last time you taught a fellow Christian something you knew about God or Ministry or Scripture. And finally when was the last time you went to church or youth group.

If those two Columns don't come close to each other you’re just a face in a growing crowd of consumer Christians. Slowing a savior down in his work to heal and save and restore. Selfishly insisting that you're more important, that you have greater needs and literally stepping over the blind, lame and lost to get your way instead of being last when you’re first and making the first of the last.

Where are you stagnating and where are you striving both in your walk and your work as a Christian

Eph 4:9-16