Psalms 42, 43, 137, 144
2 Corinthians 4:13-18
Our youth group had a team building event at George Mason this fall. One of the events that we did that day was to find a single path through a giant checkerboard-like grid. Our facilitator knew the path and would tell us when we made a wrong move -- at which point we would have to start from the beginning. Once we got the first person through the grid, we had a limited amount of time to get the rest of the team through. We thought we were making good progress when our facilitator threw us a curve ball -- we had to get a person through the grid blindfolded! It seemed simple enough, but as we tried to talk our blindfolded teammate through the grid, one step forward, one diagonal, one to the left, one backward, etc., it struck me how easily and quickly our blindfolded teammate became disoriented. We had to keep adjusting his orientation so that our next verbal direction could be followed correctly.
Today's readings reminded me of this event, as it is kind of like this with faith. We can choose to accept the way of God and walk in the light, with our faith leading the way, or walk in darkness apart from God and become disoriented. In the darkness, we can easily lose our orientation and begin to stumble over various things that are hidden from our sight, the greatest of which is the saving grace of Jesus. Bartimaeus' physical condition is an example of people who are not in a saving relationship with Jesus. They are spiritually blind, unable to see the path forward to eternal life.
In contrast, Bartimaeus' faith allowed him to see things about Jesus that others did not. He saw that Jesus was the Messiah and believed that Jesus could heal his blindness. Jesus says that it is the blind man's faith that “opens his eyes.” Faith brings about the transformation in him. Faith allows him to cast away his only possessions for a new life in Jesus.
Similarly, Paul tells the Corinthians' to fix their eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. This requires faith and acceptance of Jesus as our Savior. Faith allows the Holy Spirit to renew us inwardly, day by day, and allows us to walk in the light.
Do you want to walk in the light of Christ on the path toward eternal life? Call on Jesus and have faith in Him to change your life, wash away your sins, and save your soul.