Blind Bartimaeus was a Beggar. His name literally means: “Son of Pollution”… Or you could call him, “STINKY BLIND BART.” [Say that 10-times fast and you might say something else!!] Just take a minute and imagine yourself being in his shoes. Can you feel what it’s like when people walk past you calling you that? Think of the tricks people would play on you everyday as you sat outside the local grocery store begging for some change. I bet kids threw little rocks at him, and he didn’t even see it coming, and the kids would just laugh and run away. I bet other dignified people would simply turn their nose up at him. Maybe even some would even spit on him. “What a loser”, they would say.
But in Bart’s desperate condition he heard about a man who was doing wonderful things for people. After getting kicked one more time he cupped his face in his dirty hands and thought, “if Jesus did it for somebody else, maybe He can do it for me.” A few minutes later he heard that Jesus was walking down the street…
And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” [Mark 10:47-48 NKJV]
There’s always going to be 2 different kinds of young people that are around Jesus: 1) Those who have gotten familiar with Jesus & the things of God, and they are just “Religiously Subdued”, and bored with Church. 2) But then you’ve got those young people that are radical and hungry for God, like Blind Bartimaeus! You can’t stop these kinds of young people! They can’t be silenced! When you tell them to “just be the kind of Christian that goes to Church, but don’t get too fanatical”, those are the young people who will close their bedroom door & start weeping in the presence of God as they start interceding for their friends who are lost!
Wherever you’re at today, make it you aim to rise up and not be quiet anymore. But the way it starts is for you to see yourself as a “Blind Bartimaeus”, because it’s only then that you will cry out. It’s only then that you will get God’s attention. Stop being a “mamby-pamby-Christian”! It’s time you got out of that stench you’re in and get into the new garments of Salvation that Christ is willing to give you. It’s time to declare to world that you believe in Jesus!
Determine today that YOU will not be silenced!!