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"Responding to the Touch of Jesus"

Date published: 10/11/2009
Mark 10:52 “‘Go,’ said Jesus, ‘your faith has healed you.’ Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.” (NIV)  

Bartimaeus was a blind man who desperately wanted to see. We do not know about his faith in God.  But we do know that once he was healed, he followed Jesus. How often do we hear of someone who has been touched by God but does not follow Him or later falls away? Bartimaeus was touched by Jesus and he responded by following Him. He knew that in Jesus there was not only healing, but the power of life. What a tragedy to be touched by Jesus and then to go elsewhere for life. In fact God touches you far more than you recognize. God touches you in many ways, yet we often choose to seek life from our temporal, physical world. A physical touch is good, but finding and experiencing the satisfaction and abundance that only comes by following Jesus is much better. Bartimaeus was right on when he pursued Jesus after being healed. He knew that getting his eyesight back was great…but what Jesus offered Him was even greater. Will you follow Jesus every day so that you can experience His life in you? 

Deuteronomy 8:10-14 “When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land He has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe His commands, His laws and His decrees that I am giving you this day. Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, Who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” (NIV)