During my devotional time, I was reading the familiar account of blind Bartimaeus’s encounter with Jesus (Mark 10:46-52). I pictured in my mind’s eye the blind man sitting by the roadside, begging. I could almost hear his cry, “Penny for the blind man. Does anyone have a penny for the blind man?” Knowing the account well, I thought, this is surely going to be a better day than Bartimaeus expects. On that day, the road was filled with travelers going up to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Passover. They would likely be in a charitable mood. Jesus was in the crowd of travelers. As Jesus was leaving Jericho heading for Jerusalem, He passed by the spot where Bartimaeus was begging. Even with the reality of His impending death in Jerusalem weighing on His mind, the Savior took time to minister to and give help to the blind man.
The scene touched my heart once again. I thought, as believers we also travel the roadways of life. We pass by many lost, hopeless people who have been blinded by sin. Wounded and disillusioned by the “pleasures of sin” and destructive self-pleasing, they long for something better. They look to us as followers of Christ for compassion and help. In their own way, they are crying out like Bartimaeus for assistance!
Jesus said, “He that hath ears, let him hear” (Matthew 13:9 & 43, NKJV). Do we hear the cries of sin-blinded people crying out to us? They are all along the roadways of life that we travel. For their sakes and for Christ’s sake, will we hear and respond as the Holy Spirit directs? Jesus has no hands but our hands to reach out and lift up a broken soul. He has no feet but our feet to walk to where the sightless of our day cry out, “Penny for the blind man.” May we respond to those who need our help as Peter did: “Then Peter said, ‘Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have I give you’” (Acts 3:6). We have the message that the spiritually blind need to hear. We can point them to Christ who can heal their blindness.
Lord, help me hear what Philip heard so long ago:
“Sir, we want to see Jesus. Can you help us?” (John 12:21).
~ Brother Roy