Mark 10:47 “And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.”

Mark 10:48 “And many charged him that he should hold his peace but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.”

One thing that altered the course of the life of Bartimaeus was his doggedness and diehard resolution to change. He was completely tired of his situation and change became inevitable.

When a man remains comfortable with his present precarious situation, he’ll remain there. You must develop the willingness to change.

There was another beggar in the Bible who seems comfortable with his own situation:

Acts 3:2 “And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;”

Acts 3:3 “Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.”

The difference between Bartimaeus and this lame man was that while Bartimaeus has been looking for an opportunity to change and stop begging, this other man had become a professional beggar. He sat at the gate to the temple begging, never shouting to be healed despite the influx of Apostles, Prophets and Pastors into the temple daily.

Something interested happened after Peter even prayed for him, which laid credence to the fact that he was comfortable with his situation:

Acts 3:6 “Then Peter said Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk”

Acts 3:7 “And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength”

This lame man made no move on his part to stand even after prayers. He rather sat still until Peter had to practically hold him by the hand and lifted him up.

Friend, shout and call out for help. Get uncomfortable with poverty, fear, sickness, lack of vision, stagnation and the like. You cannot change what you’re comfortable with!

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