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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called.”—Mark 10:49 (NKJV)
Let’s make one thing abundantly clear: Nobody was more conscious of time than Jesus. All you need to do is read through the Gospels to see that He was constantly mindful of His time. He understood His life on earth was dedicated to the grand plan of redeeming humanity, which means He also understood His time was limited and incredibly valuable. It’s accurate to say that Jesus never wasted time!
At the same time, Jesus was unbelievably generous with His time. We see Him spending time on people who, quite frankly, the average person wouldn’t give a second thought to. So, it’s all the more amazing when we witness the Son of God, sent to save mankind from its sin, generously invest His time in those the world would never make an appointment for.
There’s a glorious example of this in Mark’s Gospel. On one side of the scale we have Jesus, who is literally the most important person to have ever walked the earth! On the other side we meet a man named Bartimaeus, who was blind and had been forced into a life of begging along the roadside in order to survive.
We cannot sugarcoat this. Bartimaeus was the type of person the world wasn’t impressed with. He had nothing to contribute, nothing to impress with, and certainly wasn’t someone the average person would schedule any time for. He wasn’t as important as the multitude of other competitors for one’s time. “Bart, just be glad I dropped something into your lap today.”
But Bartimaeus was much more than this. He was created in the image and likeness of God, just as valuable and precious in his Creator’s eyes as anyone else. And when he raised his voice and called out to Jesus as He passed by his roadside spot one day, something happened that nobody watching would have expected . . . Jesus stood still, for him!
What follows is a beautiful picture of faith and healing, and you can see the entire portrait for yourself in Mark 10:46–52. But for now, let’s just dwell on the astounding generosity of Jesus, who invested His precious time in the precious cause of healing Bartimaeus. Let this serve as a foundational example as we seek to follow in Jesus’ generosity, especially when it comes to our time.
DIG; What makes Jesus’ generosity with time all the more amazing?
DISCOVER: What does this reveal about your own time?
DISPLAY: How can you invest your time as Jesus did today? Find someone this week to invest in. Ask about their needs and how you can serve them.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.