Big Idea: Sometimes God calls us to wait patiently and sometimes God calls us to move quickly; Both must be led by faith and initiated by Jesus.

Scripture: Mark 10:46-52 ESV
“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!” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.” And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus.  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.” 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.

Bartimaeus was positioned in faith
“Bartimaeus was sitting by the roadside”– patiently waiting for the right moment (how long, maybe his entire life…we don’t know)

  • Well, I have really good news for all of us: “sitting by the roadside is a great place to be, when Jesus is about to walk by”
  • Your humble position will not limit Jesus from calling to you

 

When we are blind and begging, sitting on the roadside in need of a miracle, mercy is what we need, and Jesus is what we need

  • Sometimes we need to remain in our situation with steadfast patience for Jesus to walk by…

 

Bartimaeus moved in faith

  • Sometimes, we need to MOVE in faith…
  • Bartimaeus moved only because He was called by Jesus to move- this is important to remember
  • “Jesus stopped and Jesus called”- this is the moment that Bartimaeus moved

 

“Throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus”

Isaiah 61: 3b says that in the Year of the Lord’s Favour, the Lord will give us a “cloak of praise instead of a disheartened spirit”

  1. A cloak of a ‘disheartened spirit’
  2. A cloak of praise

 

Bartimaeus was healed by faith

“What do you want me to do for you?”- Jesus Says

  • “Rabbi, let me recover my sight”
  • “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.

 

Conclusion: You may be in a season of patient waiting or you may be in a season of faithful moving but as a church, I believe we are in a season of “changing our position” and “throwing off the cloak of COVID.” We are not ignoring that the pandemic exists, we are just not going to allow it to overwhelm us in fear. Rather, we are being called to move in faith, position ourselves for miracles and see many come to Jesus. We will see many lives transformed and many healed. We will see marriages restored and families ignited with the fire of God. This year, our schools will be transformed, our community will be filled with God’s love and our church will love one another.