Devotional for Day 28 – September 28, 2013
Carlos Scott, Mision GloCal, Argentina Past President of COMIBAM International and continuing member of World Evangelical Alliance Missions Commission
Jesus valued the individual who was in need – so must we.
“Jesus stopped and said, ‘Call him.’ So they called to the blind man, ‘Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.’ Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ Jesus asked him.” (Mark 10:49-51 NIV)
As the Body of Christ, we have a common future and identity. This involves welcoming one another, forgiving one another, humbling ourselves, becoming less – not claiming superiority over another. Our identity and future show we have the same feelings and are unified in following the Father’s plans. It includes understanding our different cultures and helping each other – becoming open to others and doing what Jesus would have done.
The story of Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52), teaches us many lessons about evangelization, fellowship, integrity, and solidarity. Jesus asked, “What do you want me to do for you?”
Jesus showed He valued humanity by being available. The blind man’s answer, “I want to see,” was his response, and he was healed. It was a miracle of Jesus; his faith in Christ healed him. He decided to follow Jesus and there was transformation.
Jesus’ method was to open up to the needs of the other person. Faced with Bartimaeus’ cry, Jesus stopped, asked for him to be called, and asked the question, “What do you want me to do for you?” All these actions value the individual – not a method, ideology, or doctrine. Jesus simply opened up and showed interest in the other person. This is because fellowship, cooperation, integrity, and solidarity are about sharing life and valuing the other person.
Often, we do not want to ask, “What do you want me to do for you?” We are afraid the person will ask us something unexpected, or worse, something we do not want to give or do. Asking questions causes instability and discomfort. We prefer to be in control and manage our agendas. Bartimaeus was an outcast. He was considered a sinner, excluded from the covenant, excluded economically, excluded from the appreciation and esteem of others due to his blindness. Mark attributed value to him by stating his name. He was not a nameless beggar. This was very significant. We must learn to follow the way Jesus responded to each person’s need.
Pray this Prayer:
Father, thank You that You see us not only a people but as individuals. Your Word declares that You have engraved us on the palms of Your hands and that even the very hairs on our head are numbered. Thank You that Jesus, as the exact representation of Your being, showed this same love for people. Help us follow the example of Jesus in responding to needy, often neglected and rejected – as individuals. Forgive us for our preoccupation with big crowds and big statistics at the expense of the individual. In the name of Jesus. Amen.