Full Tilt Temerity

Scripture Reference – Mark 10:46-52 ESV

And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus.”

During my reading this week, this scripture jumped off the page at me.  Kind of like how blind Bartimaeus sprang into action to get to the Lord.  He had full tilt temerity.  That phrase is just my version of reckless abandon.  I think those two phrases contain, in my opinion, the most important attitudes in the Christian’s life.  I would like to dive in a little and look at this amazing act of faith.

Bartimaeus was a blind beggar.  He spent his days in utter darkness listening for footsteps so he could beg for anything passers-by would give him.  I would venture to say his only possession, a prized one at that, was his cloak.  This cloak was probably his home. Who knows how many countless nights he dug in for the night, wrapping the only security he had around his cold body.  Who knows how many times it protected him from the scorching rays of the sun.  Needless to say, this cloak was everything to him.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this miracle happens in Jericho.  A city with a history of breakthrough and faith in God.  I wonder how many times the story of that city’s mighty walls falling down had been told to Bartimaeus.  He knew of God and he had heard the stories of the Son of God.  He began to hear with his keen ears, seasoned over time to pick up the faintest sound of travelers, a great crowd coming towards him.  This crowd was following and talking about Jesus!  He knew about this Man!  He could heal him if he could only get His attention.  He began to cry out, “Jesus, Son of David, (already a faith statement) have mercy on me!”  The crowd began to tax him and severely rebuked him but this had no effect on Bartimaeus.  He yelled louder and louder and louder!  Then he heard what he had been waiting for, Take heart. Get up; He is calling you.”  Full tilt temerity rushed through his veins!  Faith flowed like water through his synapses!  “And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus.”

He left everything he knew.  He dropped it all to get to Jesus.  He let go of all the pain and hurt he had in exchange for just one chance to be in His presence, one chance to get his miracle.  Jesus, all knowing, asked him what he wanted.  He knew already.  I would suggest He wanted communication.  How can we have a miracle if we don’t ask for it? (James 4:2-3)  I’m sure Bartimaeus cried out loud, I want to see!  This was motivated by faith.  Jesus knew it, and all He said was, “Go on your way; your faith has healed you.”

When we live with full tilt temerity God can’t help but answer our calls!  When He sees our abandon of self and the things of this world He wants nothing more than for you to walk in the miracle.  To walk in the Kingdom.  Jesus said, “Seek first My Kingdom and ALL these things will be added to you.”  (Mathew 6:33)  This is a promise.  When nothing else matters but the will of God, life is anything but ordinary.  When all we desire is to know God and His ways we end up walking in them.  Let’s live like Bartimaeus in his heroic act of faith.  His life took an 180-degree turn.  No longer was he sitting on the road begging for scraps.  He moved into a real home built on faith in God.  This is what we are called to.  Can you hear Him?  “Take heart. Get up; He is calling you!

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