In Mark 10:46 we are introduced to Bartimaeus a blind beggar who called out to Jesus. What happened between him crying out and him getting to Jesus depicts 2 common obstacles that people can face when they recognize their need of Jesus.
When people realize their need of Jesus in their life they will often face opposition from other people. The people around Bartimaeus told him to keep quiet. Even followers of Jesus can develop tunnel vision while doing “things” for the cause of Christ and fail to see the desperate need of the people around them. Maybe you are coming to Jesus for the first time, or maybe you are a believer but not where you want to be in your walk with God. Regardless of where you are at, expect opposititon if you call out to Jesus. If you want Jesus to work a miracle in your life do not listen to negative people around you. They may never understand what God is doing in your life. Like Bartimaeus, continue to call out to Him.
The second thing we see is that Bartimaeus cast aside his coat to get to Jesus. That may not seem very significant to us today. But remember that Bartimaeus was blind and survived by asking others for help. That long outer coat was one of the few possessions Bartimaeus had but it was a weight as he hurried to Jesus.That coat had no doubt been very important to Bartimaeus at times in his life but he cast it away in order to get to Jesus.Coming to Jesus often means giving up possessions that were once important to us.
As you read this, consider what you are willing to overcome in order to get to the place Jesus wants you. People may never understand, possessions may have to be cast aside, but what you receive is the miracle that God gave to us His Son Jesus.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” – JOHN 3:16