Topic: Arise, He Calleth Thee [Friday March 10, 2017]
Text: Mark 10:46-52
Key Verse: “And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee” (Mark 10:49).
Imagine that the whole world was a contiguous, federated country and one man is called to lead such a unitary country. He would be considered highly honoured. The call from Christ, who has a Name above every other name, is higher, better and mightier than such a call. Suppose that all the treasures in the world were amassed together, and one man is so honoured to be the account officer; the world would consider this man as indeed privileged. Yet, the answer to the divine call is incomparably greater than possessing all the treasures of the world put together.
Blind Bartimeaus had a life-transforming call. Answering the call changed him physically, spiritually and socially. The answer prepared him to be a follower of Christ and reserved him a place in heaven. He sought the Lord under a discouraging circumstance, but encouragement came when Jesus commanded that he be brought. Bartimeaus’ response to Christ’s call is the prayer and desire of every soul-winner; he arose, cast away his blind man’s garment and brushed aside every discouragement and opposition to come to Christ. He received salvation and healing. Now seeing, he followed Christ. Today, the Lord is calling everyone to salvation, sanctification and service.
He is calling all to come and be healed of the blindness that has kept mankind from the grace, mercy and favour that heaven offers. Have you responded to this threefold call? Would you not come and be healed? Would you not whisper ‘I yield?’ Submit completely to the One who still calls from heaven and avail yourself of the covenant blessings and redemption benefits which He provides for those who diligently seek Him.
Thought for the day: In Christ alone dwelleth the fulness of temporal and eternal blessings.
Bible Reading in one Year: 1 Samuel 23-24
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.