Motivations to Call
Mark 10:46 – 52
…"They came to Jericho. And as He was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.” And many rebuke him, telling him to be silent. But he kept calling out the more, “Son of David, have pity on me.” Jesus stoppe and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage; get up, He is calling you.” He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man replied to Him, “Master, I want to see.” Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Him on the way."
Do you recall circumstances when God called you into relationship with Him? Were you in need of something? Were you in a crisis situation? Every day God calls you and I into relationship with Him through different circumstances. More often than not, the circumstances relate to a need in our life that only God can meet.
Bartimaeus had the need to see again. He was a poor blind beggar, who had heard about Jesus and the miracles He had done. The crowds rebuked him for seeking Jesus. Yet he continued to cry out. "Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’…Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus" (Mk. 10:48,50). That day, Bartimaeus saw for the first time. But more than that, he saw with spiritual eyes for the first time.
Each day of our life, we’re called by Jesus to set aside our pride, ego, anger, greed, fears and doubts to help someone in need. Someone (family member, neighbor, stranger, friend, etc) sick physically, financially, emotionally, spiritually, who has not met this Jesus we know personally. God uses needs to draw us to Himself. What need has He placed in a coworker that only Christ can meet? Perhaps you are the instrument He wants to use to introduce that person to Himself. It requires availability and a willingness to look for people with needs; then point them to Christ to meet their needs. Pray for divine appointments today.