December 31, 2017
Read Mark 10:35-52
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Scripture- Mark 10:49- 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!”
Observations- This is a story of a blind man being healed as relentlessly called out to the One he trusted could make him better. While the crowd was annoyed with his incessant begging for connection with Jesus, Bartimaeus didn't care. The crowd shifted from annoyance to encouragement when they saw Jesus was willing to help and heal the desperate man.
Application- Jesus is always inviting us to "come here" into His presence, and since that is true we should also be encouraging one another to "cheer up." As we say good-bye to an old year and hello to a new year, hear the words, "Come on, Jesus is calling you!" What is it time to let go of, and what is it time to take up?
Prayer- (John Wesley's Covenant Prayer for a New Year's Eve Service) I am no longer my own, but yours. Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will; put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be employed by you or laid aside by you, enabled for you or brought low by you. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to your pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, you are mine, and I am yours. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.
"I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.' (Philippians 3:13b-14),