It’s said that we, as humans, have at least five senses. Because we are such interactive mortals, there isn’t one sense you don’t use many times daily. Which one do you think you could live without if you had to choose one?

Using my most valued sense, I encountered an account of an individual who didn’t have a choice. He was born blind. Blind in a time when there was no social service, laser surgery, or retinal transplant. If you were born blind, you had very few options for life, career, or hope of comfortably sustaining your existence.

This was the mundane hopeless life of Bar-ti-mae’-us. He was labeled filthy, shameful, and cursed in his constant sitting and begging. He heard of a Man who’d raised the dead, fed the five thousand, and cast out demons. Indeed, this was the Messiah foretold by the prophets.

All of us have or has had, a little bit of Bar-ti-mae’-us in us.

Those of us who saw Christ as our hope, help, and salvation cried aloud amid the deafening multitude. The noise can not drown out the cry for help to the Prince of Peace.

The crowds told him to be quiet. But wisely, he continued to cry out even the more. There are times we decided to yield to the will of God, but others suggest not now, you’re too young or you won’t be able to enjoy life, there’s much you won’t be able to do.

But Bar-ti-mae’-us lamented so desperately, and his calls stopped Jesus, the Creator, the One who walked the waters and raised the dead. The climate changed in the crowd when Jesus stopped and called for Bar-ti-mae’-us. Rather than shouting for him to be quiet, now they said, “Be of good comfort, He calleth for you.” Though a beggar, he was wise enough to know Jesus offered a once in a lifetime opportunity. Realizing that fact, he got up and threw off his garment and went to Jesus.

We may no longer be in sin but have left our first love. Some succumb to a religious profession, “having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.” Don’t let false teachers fool you. Throw those garments off. You can’t get into heaven living less than Jesus’ way. Rise, cast off that particular robe, and run for your life to the Son of David.

Jesus asked, “What wilt thou that I should do unto thee?” Without hesitation, the blind man said, “Lord, that I might receive my sight.” Now that you’ve heard from God don’t be distracted. He opens your eyes to believe His word. “And immediately he received his sight,” Luke 18:43 reports. “Thy faith hath saved thee.”

The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” Luke 19:10. “To save them that believe” I Corinthians 1: 21. II Corinthians 4:3,4 “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not.” Thy faith will make you whole; thy faith will save you. Receive your sight!