Needs & Names

Needs & Names

Hearing that Jesus, the miracle worker, was passing by his begging spot, Bartimaeus called out

Jesus stopped and said ‘Call him over’ – Mark 10 vs 49.

Bartimaeus was blind and was a beggar. Hearing that Jesus, the miracle worker, was passing by his begging spot, Bartimaeus called out for help much to the annoyance of some who didn’t consider that a blind beggar was of any value or interest to Jesus. But Jesus heard, stopped, spoke with this lowly man and granted him his greatest desire, the miracle of sight. But apart from the remarkable healing, Jesus that day, as on other occasions, also demonstrated His love and concern for every person. Looking back over his years in church ministry, one Pastor recalled a major lesson he had learned many years before. He wrote –‘During my second month at Bible College, one day in a pastoral studies class, our professor set a test based on our lectures and work so far. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one: “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the College?” ‘Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning lady several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our test grade.’ “Absolutely,” said the professor. “In your ministry, you will meet many people. All are significant. All are important to the One you are serving. They deserve your attention even if it is a smile or just to say ‘hello’. Some will be crying out for a miracle. Oh … and our cleaner is Dorothy!’’

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