I was reading a passage the other day wherein Jesus reminds his followers that he fed the 5000 and then he goes on to heal blind Bartimaeus. And from this reading, I picked up three important points that I would like to share with you.
1. Christ Convinces
Jesus had to convince his followers the he was true to his words.
Even though Jesus’ followers had seen the miracles he performed, he still had to convince them that he was who he said he was. So how much convincing do we, who were not around when Jesus walked the earth, need from Christ?
When we look on our lives, we can see the Jesus does what he says he will do, we can see that he has a plan for us and we can see that he loves us. And yet, we still doubt him. And he still needs to continually convince us that he is faithful and true.
Can we rather be men and women who do not need to be convinced of God’s presence in our lives? Let us live convinced and convicted by what he has done and let that move us to a place of faith in what he will do.
2. Christ Commits
Jesus has made a commitment to heal.
Not only did Jesus physically heal Bartimaeus and many others, but by the very fact that Jesus died on the cross, he showed us his commitment to healing us spiritually.
And Jesus calls us to renew our commitment to him.
So often in our lives, we commit to something and then don’t follow through. We should not be treating our commitments to God with this same attitude. If we say we are going to do something, then we must actually do it, especially when it comes to our faith.
3. Christ Commands
God’s commands are contradictory to our natural self.
After a miracle, Jesus would sometimes add a warning – in this case is was to not go back to the village. Why? Because Jesus knew of the dangers that awaited them there.
The command that God gives us that many people find contradictory to their feelings is to love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Christ often commands us to do things that make us uncomfortable and calls us out of our comfort zones.
But just because what we are called to do is contradictory to our human desires, it doesn’t mean we cannot obey those commands. It means that we need to trust God enough to know that what he is commanding us to do is for our own good and the good of the kingdom.
So if Christ convinces, commits and commands are we then willing to be convinced, renew our commitment and obey?