November 27
'The same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’’ Romans 10:12b,13
Bible reading: Luke 18:35-43 (Go to the Bible passage)
In the Bible verse of today we read that when we call on Him, Jesus will bless us richly. It is not God’s intention that we live as beggars in this world. On the contrary, God wants to reveal Himself to us as an overflowing well of salvation.
Then why do we often live such an unbiblical life, in spiritual poverty? Have we perhaps forgotten to call on the name of Jesus in all circumstances? Yes, it is true, if we do so, people around us will often be annoyed with us and find it over the top: one cannot involve God in everything, He is only a God of general outlines…
The Pharisees and other esteemed religious people who ‘mastered’ God long ago, will have told the blind Bartimaeus repeatedly that he should learn to cope with his disability… But when Bartimaeus was told that Jesus was passing by, he called out. ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’
Jesus, Son of David! What a testimony of faith. With these words Bartimaeus confessed that he believed Jesus to be the promised Messiah. He believed so wholeheartedly, but he did not leave it at that, he went on. Later on Paul would write: ‘For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved’ (Romans 10:10). Despite all rebukes, Bartimaeus kept shouting and Jesus asked him without any restriction, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ For in faith he called upon Jesus and then God is willing to bless richly.
Let us more believe with our hearts and much more profess our faith with our mouths. Only then can He glorify Himself in us by calling us to Him, like the blind beggar, like all who put their hope in God like a trusting child.
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