Monday, August 10, 2015


Daily reading: Mark 10:46-52
August 10, 2015

Focus scripture: When he heard that Jesus of Nazareth was there, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, show me mercy!” Mark 10:47

Bartimaeus was seeking for transformation in his life.  He cried out to Jesus so that he could have sight, he cried out so that he could go from being a beggar on the street, dependent upon the kindness of his community to sustain his life, so that he could get up and “follow Jesus on the way.”  What Bartimaeaus had the faith to do, is to imagine that life, his life could be transformed.  What he cried out for was new life.
Bartimaeus threw off his coat when Jesus called to him.  According to Matthew Henry’s commentary “he cast away everything that might be in danger of throwing him down, or might in any way hinder him in coming to Christ – [he] cast away the garment of [his] own self sufficiency.”

What might you need to cast away that causes you to be dragged down?  What do you carry around in your every day life that keeps you from fully embracing the presence of Christ in your life?
Prayer:  God help me to fully depend upon you.  Open my eyes to the places where I am blind to growth.  Amen.

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