Mark 10:46-52; Luke 18:35-43
The desired outcome of every call of God is to bring glory to God (Romans 8:30). God has counted us worthy to be among the called and to be partakers of the heavenly calling. There is a generic call that has been extended to everyone, but not everyone will respond to it.
‘He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him. Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons…’ (Mark 3:13-15).
This scripture highlights specific call that God places upon people according to His will. He went to the top of the mountain and called unto Himself, those He wanted and they responded to the call positively.
Every call of God carries within, a dimension of grace which the called could latch on to.
Furthermore, the primary reason for this call is to be with Him…thereafter, He sends His disciples to go and preach the Gospel, to heal the sick and to cast out demons…
Jesus was passing through Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude followed Him. A roadside beggar called Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, heard the noise being made by the multitude and he made enquiries about what was happening in his environment. They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by.
Immediately, he cried out saying ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’. They tried to shut him up, but he kept crying the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’.
The cries, prayers and travails that lead to revival are usually unstoppable and such cannot be intimidated by the threats, warnings and mockery of men. Neither can they be ensnared by the fear of men.
People who are trusting in God entirely for transformation have nothing else to fall back on, they put their entire hope in the Lord.
This blind man’s sincere heart-cry drew the attention of Jesus and the Lord commanded that they should call him.
The moment Jesus sent for him, the same folks who tried to shut him up earlier, now encouraged him saying, ‘Cheer up! Rise up on your feet, the Master is calling you’.
In response to the call, he threw his garment aside, rose on his feet and came to the Master. Lay aside those things that easily beset you, strip off those unnecessary weights that slow you down. Rise up and come to Jesus! (Hebrews 12:1-2).
The Lord asked him, ‘What do you want Me to do for you?’ He said, ‘Lord, that I may receive my sight’.
Then Jesus said to him, ‘Receive your sight; your faith has made you whole’. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus on the way…. glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.
The call of God yielded a great dividend in the life of this man. He started out as a blind man, depending absolutely and living on others, but he ended up as a follower of Christ, such that people gave praise to God through him.
His life became a living example for others to follow and a testimony to behold.
The Master is calling you! He wants to give your life a ‘face-lift’. Respond positively to His call today and you will be glad you did…
PASTOR NATHANIEL SADELA
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