|A Cry for Change
“When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout,
“Jesus, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me!”
There are some wonderful scholars who have developed what they call “A cycle of Change”. They talk about this cycle in 3 stages:
The first stage of change is “Pre-competent”; which is an unconscious and unconcerned type of change, that no matter what’s going on, individuals think they don’t need to change. The next stage is “contemplative change”, which is the kind of change when one begins to think that it is possible that something can happen, if they work real hard. But the problem with this kind of change is that people run into obstacles and they quit easily, giving up before they see the change take place. The third and final change is that of “determination”. Determination change says “I’m determined, no matter what, to put action into motion to bring about my change; and the moment I put this action into motion, I believe that God can and will do something! I believe that God can change it, and He will bring me into His ultimate plan for my life!”
Blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, which means “one of value”, has been sitting by the side of the road, blind and begging. He hears that Jesus is passing by, and decides regardless of the crowd, no matter the opinions of others, I need “change”. The moment he gets determined for change, he moves past the stages of pre-competent and contemplative, and goes straight to a spirit of determination. He cries out “Thou Son of David, have mercy on me”. In exhibiting this spirit and moved by his cry, Jesus stops and bids him to come! Jesus asks “what do you want me to do for you”? Bartimaeus cries “change”. Jesus responds, “Your faith has made you whole”. He received his change – his sight!
Focus: In the case of Bartimaeus, everyone around you don’t want you to change! He knew who could bring about the change he needed for his life, and was determined to receive his change from Jesus. When change is necessary and needed in your life, get determined to go to Jesus and allow Him to work through you for the manifestation of your change. Not the crowd, but Him! Just cry out, He’s a very present help!
Tammy L. Harris, Pastor
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