Posted by: pastordarren | October 25, 2012

That ‘DUH’ Answer

There are times were we get asked a question that seems so obvious that the first answer (although a bit sarcastic) is ‘DUH’.  Sometimes these are simple questions like “Do you want some ice cream?”.  But other times the question may have this obvious answer until we look a bit deeper into the ramifications of our answer.  This is thought that I had when reading the scripture text for Sunday from Mark.

Mark 10:46-52 – 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.  When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”  Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”  So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.”  Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.  “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.  The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”  “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

This guy had been blind and was living by begging for food, when Jesus asks him, “What can I do for you?”  The obvious answer is the one he gives, “I want to see.”  This not only shows his faith in Jesus but his desire to be healed.  I wonder though, if at that time, he had realized the ramifications of what he said?

Once he received his sight, his life was to change.  He could no longer do things the way he was used to doing them.

As I thought about this, I wondered about our individual lives and the lives of our churches.  We will often pray and ask for our lives to be changed, things healed, freed from temptations and sin, etc.  In our churches, we will often pray for growth, for young people to come and become involved, budgets to be met, spiritual growth, etc.  Do we realize though that as those prayers are answered, things can not be the same.

Individuals can not keep living the way they did before being healed and freed.  Churches can not keep doing things the way they always have when the growth happens and new and young people become part of the Body.  Too often we do though and in doing so, we revert back to the old way of living, the old way of doing things and chase off the new.

What do you think?  I will be saying more at both services on Sunday about what needs to happen when we receive that healing in our lives and the church.


  1. Very thoughtful, Darren. Do you know what? I think you are very special!! And I am glad you are our son!! Love you, Mom

  2. Very good comments. Very CONVICTING
    comments. Not going to read you anymore.
    (just kidding)

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