Summary: Why don’t you have vision, and what’s holding you back?
Intro: They say that there is no one so blind as he who will not see. In this story, we are presented with a man who was absolutely blind. Bartimaeus could see nothing with the physical eyes with which he had been born, yet he could see things one a spiritual level that others were blind to. He saw what no one else saw…what no one else, not even the disciples of Jesus Christ could see…we have much to learn from this visionary of Christ. This man was blind physically, but he had 20/20 spiritual vision.
There are many people who have a very pertinent disease. Probably one of the greatest tragedies in modern day faith today is the lack of vision. People don’t see that without vision, there is no hope…see Proverbs 29:18 tells us that where there is no vision, the people perish. Bartimaeus knew nothing else than Jesus Christ. He knew that his life was without vision UNLESS he had Christ…we need to have this same attitude.
I. V. 46 HIS PITIFUL CONDITION
Let’s recognize first that Bartimaeus was a blind man. He couldn’t see anything...he was born this way...see the connection???
Secondly, let’s see that he was dependent upon other people in order to survive...he was pitiful and a wretch...
Thirdly: Spirtually speaking...like Bartimaeus the lost person is spiritually blind...
Apparently, this condition was one with which he had been born. Blindness was a common condition in Bible times, because of various diseases and sanitary conditions.
Because of his Physical condition Bartimaeus was prevented from finding and performing a job in order to earn a living. In that day, there were no welfare programs or charitable institutions who would help him. There was no social security or other government programs to which he could turn. Bartimaeus was totally dependent upon the generosity of others in order to survive. His was a pitiful and wretched condition!
In his condition, Bartimaeus is a good portrait of every person who depends on everything else but God. When Bartimaues had a problem, and in his pitiful condition, he relied on Jesus Christ. Only Jesus can open your eyes! Some of you right now are “sitting by the highway” and waiting for Jesus…but He’s passed by four or five times, and you haven’t been “looking for Him”
See, many of us are in the same condition as Bartimaeus as far as our vision goes. We are blind to it, because we haven’t asked God for the same passion in us, as in other people. You’re a beggar because you’re begging God to do all of the work for you. God’s calling you out tonight, because remember, the harvest is many, but the workers are so few…be a worker…be a visionary…be all that you can be…because that’s what God’s called you to do…
Here’s the key to vision:
If you don’t have one:
YOU CANNOT SEE!!!!!!!!!!!
If you don’t have one:
Vision with passion is moot…you have to be passionate about your vision. A vision is only worth something if you’re serious about it. Young, old, anything, a vision is YOUR responsibility, not someone else’s…