Mark 10:51-52 ¶ So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” ¶ The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” ¶ Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.
I love the story of Blind Bartimaeus in the Bible. I love his desperate passion, I love the tenderness displayed by our Lord, and I love the simple faith that God used to change everything. The one thing that stands out in my mind more than anything else is that last statement, he “followed Jesus on the road”. There are many people in life who have a prayer answered only to return to their own life, not Bartimaeus. He had found why he was alive when first saw the sweet face of Jesus. He had nothing to return to, he was going to follow Jesus down the road. Bartimaeus had discovered the secret to life. He found where he could be helped, he found where he could have spiritual light and guidance, he found the source of all that pertains to life and happiness. What was he to go back to, he had found the true meaning and purpose of life in Christ. Jonathan Edwards spoke about following Christ and some of the benefits that result from that important choice in life. Listen carefully to his words.
“Following the example of Christ in the work of the ministry, is the way to enjoy the sensible, joyful presence of Christ within us. The disciples had the comfort of Christ’s presence and conversation by following Him, and going where He went. When we cease to follow Him, He will go from us, and we shall soon loose sight of Him. Our being conformed to Christ’s example, will also be the way for us to be conformed to Him, and partake with Him in His privileges, it is the way for us to have His joy fulfilled in us. It will be the way for us to obtain success in our ministry, and actually to be made the happy instruments of the eternal salvation of souls.”
If you didn’t pick up on it, following Jesus down the road involves ministry. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to say you are called into the preaching ministry as a vocation. What I am saying is this, following Jesus involves being effected by what effects Him. He is always reaching out to the broken, that is what He is all about. When you follow Him, you will begin to have a new love for the hurting and broken people of this world. Following Jesus involves responding to this love for the broken you feel in your heart. It might sound strange to the natural mind at first, but reaching out to the broken people of this world will bring a new sense of happiness in your life. That joy comes from the intertwining of your soul with the Lord when you begin to love the unlovely. Before you know it, the blessings of God will begin to chase you down.