Jesus was leaving Jericho when suddenly He heard someone screaming His name at the top of his lungs. It was the voice of blind Bartimaeus. Jesus stopped and asked that they call this loud guy for Him. “And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.” Mark 10:50
It was a simple act of throwing off his outer garment and running to Jesus, yet very significant. To cast off means “to discard something unwanted or undesirable”.
Bartimaeus wanted a new life, a life without blindness and begging. The moment Jesus called him, he knew he was done with his old life. He threw off his cloak which signified his old life. He hadn’t even received his sight yet, but was ready to throw off the garment that had helped him all those years.
By his action, Bartimeaus was saying that he no longer wanted to keep the things he relied on! He knew once he came to Jesus, there would be better ahead, “the old was gone, behold the new had come”! He didn’t want anything to hinder his move to Jesus! It was a sign of complete trust!
We can’t come to Jesus and still hold on to the old things and people too. These may have helped us in the past we hadn’t met Jesus. Holding on to old things, attitudes, places and even certain people can become a hindrance to our walk with Jesus. It is also a sign we don’t fully trust Jesus or fully feel secure in His love. It’s an indication of double-mindedness.
Is there anything you need to throw off so you can fully immerse yourself in Christ and enjoy the fullness of your relationship with Him? Think about this.
Love, Lady Mo ❤️