Monday, November 9, 2009

A Mirror

Last Monday I wrote about a sermon where I heard how everything that comes out of my mouth (and into my head, for that matter) comes straight from my heart. This Sunday's sermon was just as convicting!
The story for this sermon was of blind Bartimaeus (Mt. 20:29-34; Mark 10:46-52; and Luke 18:35-43)--a story that I have always loved. Bartimaeus is the lowest of society, blind, unable to benefit anyone. Jesus stops and stoops to this poor, blind man! And then he asks Bartimaeus the million dollar question, "What do you want me to do for you?" Wow! Imagine having the man who owns and controls EVERYTHING ask you that question. Unlike Jesus's disciples a few verses earlier (in Mark) who answered that they wanted power and fame, Bartimaeus answers that he wants healing. That is very convicting! What would I ask for if presented that question by Jesus?
But the most convicting part of the sermon was when the pastor focused in on the "multitude" of the story. They were irritated and compassion-less toward Bartimaeus. The pastor warned that we are often the most irritated toward those who reflect our own spiritual state. Bartimaeus was blind, helpless, dirty, poor... and the multitude couldn't handle looking into that mirror. I would love to say, "What a horrible multitude!" and move right on, but I can't. That multitude is ME. It's ME with my kids a lot of times. They are needy, helpless, grumpy, confused, arrogant, and selfish, and sometimes I just can't handle the mirror that they hold up to my own spiritual state. I am all of those things too, I just hide it a lot better. Lord, help me to see my own spiritual state, and please, let that help create a heart of compassion toward these blind beggars that I am called to serve every day!

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