WHEN YOUR MIND IS MADE UP…. WHO CAN STOP YOU? “Story of the Blind Man”

INSPIRED BY THE BOOK OF MARK 10:46-52 

INTRODUCTION: Blind Man shows enormous courage and bravery with a made up mind to attain exactly what he expect to have.

The Blind Man (WHEN YOUR MIND IS MADE UP…)


A blind beggar, by the name of Bartimaeus, was at the border of Jericho soliciting donations, when suddenly, he heard that Jesus, followed by a multitude of people, was in the vicinity.  And upon this new found enlightenment, began crying out His name with a loud voice, saying, “Jesus, have mercy upon me!” But there was no response, and he presumed that Jesus hadn’t heard him. But with great determination, he continued crying out His name, which soon caused a great confrontation to erupt between him and the surrounding people.  Incidentally, the people had gotten irritated with his loudness, and were demanding that he calm himself down and keep his mouth shut.  They all wanted to see Jesus, and as far as they were concerned, Bartimaeus should just wait his turn.  But Bartimaeus was equally irritated by their brutal disrespect, and with great courage and boldness of stature, stood before his opposition and raised his voice even louder than at the first.  For in his view,  the people were entirely out of line in seeking to block him; for his mind was made up to see Jesus, and nothing could stop him.

Bartimaeus also had to face many other complicated concerns as well; such as, not knowing of where Jesus was in the crowd, which made it necessary for him to cry aloud, in hopes that Jesus would hear him and answer him. Another issue was that, Bartimaeus was without help, having no brothers, no sisters, no friends, no neighbors, no uncles, no aunties, no father or mother willing to escort him into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And the multitude, who insisted that he wait his turn, refused to guide him to the back of the prayer line.

Can you imagine being rejected, simply for wanting something better for your life?…  The people knew that the man was blind.  They knew he needed help.  They knew where the help was.  And they knew how to get him to the help that he needed.  But instead, they told him to calm down and be quiet…  Can you imagine the type of response Bartimaeus may have received from his fellow handicap buddies, after expressing his dreams of wanting to see?  Can you imagine being told such things as: “If God wanted you to see, He would have given you sight a long time ago,”— “Be content with where you are, man!”— “Stop dreaming that impossible dream stuff!” —“Look at us! We’re all in the same boat! What make you better than us?” —“Some people got it!  Some people don’t!  Live with it! All right?” — “You’re wasting your time anyway!”— Such negativity and discouragement would had certainly diminished the faith of any member of the shy and timid social club, but Bartimaeus was of a completely different breed all together.

The people obviously believed themselves to be of an elite group, when compared to the blind man and his crew, and must have thought themselves to have a sort of divine authority to dictate, rule, and bully the lower class in an imperial fashion without expecting any confrontation. But every now and then, that uppity class of people, make the mistake of coming up against someone who, although not as rich or physically fortunate, has a great degree of respect for him/herself; and is not moved, shaken, or intimidated by any haughty, self-absorbed, snobbish class of people.  Bartimaeus, happened to be such a one.

Bartimaeus concluded that he had been blind long enough. His opportunity to be healed had arrived, and no aristocratic mob was going to stop him from attaining his blessing. But here he was… in the face of such a coldhearted group of people, who were expecting his complete cooperation, yet, he fearlessly stepped over their negative opinions of him, and cried out for Jesus so incessantly that it finally gained Jesus’ attention, who, at that point, requested that Bartimaeus be brought to Him.

After being brought before the Lord, Bartimaeus was asked a question, “What is it that you want me to do for you?”….  And he, after attaining the Lord’s undivided attention, after surviving a massive amount of negative pressure, and having now been personally escorted to the front of the line, happily said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.”

Bartimaeus received the miracle of his life because his mind was made up to have it. And so can you!  Is your mind made up?  Have you calculated what it takes to defeat the opposition?  Are you excited enough to overcome the opinions of others?  Is the blessing you seek more important than the approval of others?  Have you considered the life changing impact of the blessing you seek?  Are you passionately excited about it?  If so………

FEAR NOT!  FOR WHEN YOUR MIND IS MADE UP… NOTHING CAN STOP YOU FROM POSSESSING THAT BLESSING!