My son, Harrison, had an extensive eye exam today. Now he is asleep in my office.
During his eye exam, his pupils were dilated, so now he has blurry vision. And, apparently blurry vision leads to sleepiness. It’s actually not the eye drops that led to his malaise, but the lack of the ability to see clearly. If he cannot see what’s happening around him, why would he even try to engage in his surroundings. Instead, he’s just accepted his condition as something which can’t change.
This reminds of a man named Bart—
Then they reached Jericho, and as Jesus and His disciples left town, a large crowd followed Him. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road. When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
“Be quiet!” many of the people yelled at him. But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
When Jesus heard him, He stopped and said, “Tell him to come here.”
So they called the blind man. “Cheer up,” they said. “Come on, He’s calling you!” Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus.
“What do you want Me to do for you?” Jesus asked.
“My Rabbi,” the blind man said, “I want to see!”
And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road. (Mark 10:46-52, NLT)
Were there other blind people that heard Jesus? It’s almost certain there were. Were there other blind people in Jericho? Probably. But it appears that their blindness had caused them to slip into drowsiness and apathy, to simply accept their condition as something which couldn’t be changed.
Bart would not settle! He believed Jesus could change his condition! He called out to Jesus. He shouted even louder to get Jesus’ attention. He threw aside his coat, jumped up and ran to Jesus. He boldly stated his need to see, convinced that he was talking to the one Person who could change his condition.
Jesus said that Bart’s faith—his persistence, his unquenchable desire to see clearly, his belief that Jesus could do something for him—is what brought about his healing.
Have you become accepting of your condition? What’s holding you back from shouting out even louder to Jesus? What have you given up seeking? Don’t hold back—shout out to Jesus again today!
January 16, 2009 at 9:38 am
This is so true we forget how much power we have (I mean when we call on the name of Jesus). In my message at Caretel this week I spoke on this same thing, the power we have in the name of Jesus. In John 14:13 it says “and I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.” ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS ASK!!!!!
January 16, 2009 at 4:49 pm
Poor Harrison, I hope he’s feeling better.
Good Insight! That is so true, we will give up on something so easily because we can’t see what’s happening at the time. But God wants us to be persistent, He wants us to “Shout Out” to him. Thanks for the reminder.
Pastor Tom, sounds like you had a good service @ Caretel. Keep up the good work 🙂
January 18, 2009 at 3:32 pm
Am I wrong that apathy vs contentment is a delicate area of differing church views? God’s word teaches persistant prayer, continual-verb-tense ask, seek, knock. Jesus was busy with the business of healing, and providing. God’s word also teaches His presence & strength we we are all but gone, contentment in baseness and the virtues and values in a refining fire. My confidence is that God knows best. I’m persuaded that our infinite God has infinite ways to accomplish His purposes. Wholly submitted to God, each individual life is a unique story that is going to play out in and cause affect around differently.
January 18, 2009 at 4:25 pm
I would put apathy and complacency in the same categories. I think someone could be content with their situation without become apathetic. But when we simply accept our circumstances, when we stop asking God, when we settle for this-is-the-way-it’s-going-to-be, then apathy sets in.