Sunday, February 21, 2016
Who Have We Overlooked?
—Mike Teel, Pastor
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. 51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” 52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
Created For CONNECTION
God created us for “Relationships!”
Genesis 2:18. . .The Lord God said, It is not good for the man to be alone.
Motives For NEGLECTING
1. More Interested In THEIR OWN Needs
We all have needs and we all want our needs to be met.
2. More Interested In FULFILLING Their Own Plans
Ministering to others means we are willing to allow things to interrupt our plans.
3. Have Grown INSENSITIVE To The Hurting
They had grown used to seeing beggars along this road. In fact this was Bartimaeus’ spot.
Luke 19:10 . . . For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.
John 20:21 . . . As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.
LIVE IT OUT
1. Who have you overlooked this past week?
2. Will you ask God to help you repent of seeking your needs and your plans and to be open to helping the hurting?
3. What will you do this week to put this into action in your life?