Sunday, September 6, 2015

"When you're already broken, what do you have to lose?"

Blind Bartimaeus wasn't always blind.
A penetrating question I didn’t expect to hear today: “When you’re already broken, what do you have to lose?”

Pastor Ken Engelking at Morning Star Church (Salem, OR) preached today about blind Bartimaeus from Mark 10:46-52.

The truth be told, I have felt a lot like blind Bartimaeus. I used to take “seeing” for granted. Now? I feel loss, pain, poverty and deep brokenness. “Seeing”? Sorry, that’s not going to happen again. Not in this life.

Still, I didn’t expect Pastor Ken’s penetrating question, a question he said applies to each and every one of us today: “When you’re already broken, what do you have to lose?”

So, what did blind Bartimaeus have to lose? The goodwill of the crowd, who heckled and harassed him and yelled for him to shut up. Still he cried out: “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me!” So much for anyone giving the blind man a few coins today.

What else did Bartimaeus have to lose? A dusty, dirty, filthy old cloak. A cloak so ragged he couldn’t bear the thought of meeting Jesus in it. So he tossed it away, something a blind man back then would never, never do. That cloak, that rag, was his only shelter, his only umbrella, his only blanket, his only semblance of security.

What else did he have to lose? Faith. When Jesus heard Bartimaeus crying out, Jesus stopped in His tracks. Immediately Jesus called to Bartimaeus, who now had an urgent decision to make. Believe Jesus was the Promised One, stand up, ask people to point him in the right direction, walk to Jesus, and pray for a miracle. Or sit there where he always sat, begging, the only way of life he had known for many a year.

What else did the blind man have to lose? Words. When Jesus asks “What do you want me to do for you?” He wants an answer. Yet most of us don’t pray because we don’t know what to say. Jesus wants us to ask Him to meet our needs, even in our utter brokenness. Thankfully, Bartimaeus knew what to say! 

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