“Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your faith has made you well.’ Immediately he regained his sight ...” (Mark 10:52a NASB)
First, you seize the moment and recognize when God gives you an opportunity. Second, you move against your fears. Third, you announce your faith and the changes you want to make in your life. Then, you receive God's grace.
Mark 10:52 says, “Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your faith has made you well.’ Immediately he regained his sight ...” (NASB) Bartimaeus seized the opportunity to cry out to Jesus when the Son of God walked by his mat. He publicly expressed his belief in who Jesus was and what he could do for him. Then, he accepted the grace of God that allowed him to see again.
Some of you are like the blind beggar, Bartimaeus — you’re carrying major conflict, disappointment, or grief on your shoulders. You’re lonely and feel that happiness has passed you by. You’re in a lot of pain.
Jesus Christ wants to give you a fresh start! You can’t earn it or work for it. You certainly don’t deserve it. You don’t buy it. You don’t do a bunch of religious rituals. You just receive the free gift of God's grace and the ability to make a fresh start — regardless of your past or what you’ve done or the things you’ve brought on yourself.
Some of you say, “I’d like to change. I’d like a fresh start. I’d like to be different, but I just can’t.” And you’re right! You can’t change. If you could, you would have already done it. You need a power greater than yourself to make the changes that really make a difference in your life. You need God's power: “I can do all things through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13 NIV).
Have you tried asking God for help? Have you tried receiving God's grace and letting him give you power that you don’t have on your own?
Bartimaeus was blind, but he had enough vision to see that Jesus Christ could help him out. He had enough vision to see that he needed grace. Do you? Do you realize how much grace you need in life, or do you just think you can go through life on your own?
Grace isn’t just for salvation; it’s for the daily mistakes of life. If you don’t have grace in your life, then you’re going to be filled with regret. When you’re filled with regret, you get stuck in the past. And if you’re stuck in the past, you can’t make a fresh start.
I don’t know what regrets you’re carrying, but I do know that the grace and forgiveness of God is available, and you can begin a fresh start. If you will seize this moment, if you will move against your fears, if you will announce in faith, “I need you, God,” then God’s grace will be available to you so that you can accomplish things beyond your imagination.
Talk About It
Sometimes you may think it’s easier to do something yourself than ask for help. What effect does this have on your physical and emotional health?
What mistakes or regrets do you need to hand over to God today?
Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller "The Purpose Driven Life." His book, "The Purpose Driven Church," was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also the founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.
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