Pastor Tevai Matapo: Take the initiative, seize the moment

Friday July 19, 2019 Written by Published in Church Talk
Bartimaeus is given back his sight by Jesus, as depicted in the Jesus Film Project. 19071802 Bartimaeus is given back his sight by Jesus, as depicted in the Jesus Film Project. 19071802

Even those who don’t go to church, who don’t have social status, who are unemployable, can be blessed if only they have faith, says Assemblies of God Pastor Tevai Matapo.

To the ordinary man or woman on the street, we must be living in uncertain times.

The price of goods and services keep moving upward, there’s a whiff of a global recession that could adversely affect our economy, and money does not seem to go very far these days. There is no guarantee that the income you have today will still be there tomorrow.

For some people, uncertainty can bring insecurity, confusion, fear and a sense of hopelessness – not knowing where or who to turn to. Life experience has shown that most people trapped in this situation tend to choose the wrong options. They may go into denial, they may withdraw and shut their fears inside or they may put on a mask and pretend that everything is fine.

Neither of these options will resolve your difficulty. You may ask, what other alternative is there? The answer is, the best option that is always present but people seem to choose last.

Psalms 145:14 says, “The LORD helps the fallen and lifts up those bent beneath their loads.” But how does it work?  Simple: the Gospel of Mark 10:46-52 tells it all.

A blind beggar named Bartemaeus was sitting beside the road as Jesus Christ was going by.

When Bartemaeus heard that Jesus was nearby he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

The crowd scolded him and told him to be quiet but he shouted even more loudly.

Jesus stopped and asked him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man answered, “Teacher, I want to see.”

Verse 52 concludes this story, “Jesus said to him, ‘Go your way, your faith has made you well.’  And immediately he regained his sight…”

You might say, that was over 2000 years ago, if it ever happened.

Well, I challenge you to give God a go! Follow the lesson:

First, Bartemaeus seized his moment. Note, he wasn’t a church-goer, he didn’t have social status, he was unemployable. All he had was he heard that Jesus Christ was passing by, and he had nothing to lose. He took the initiative and called out to Jesus.  Now it’s your turn – dare to seize your moment and take the initiative.

Second, Bartemaeus tamed his fear. He didn’t allow the fear of people to prevent him from being heard.  Proverb 29.25 (Msg), “The fear of human opinion disables you; trusting in God protects you from that.”  This is usually our biggest hurdle, we fear what people will say more than the possibility of acquiring a solution to our problem. Remember, your future is determined by the choices you make, not by what people say.

Third, Bartemaeus announced his faith. He specified it to Jesus: “Teacher, I want to see.” Here’s a guy who was willing to turn his problem into an opportunity for God to reveal His power. Let me put it to you, God is still in the business of changing lives if you are willing to give Him the opportunity by telling Him what it is you need.

Fourth, Bartemaeus received God’s grace. John 1.16 NIV, “From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another.” The Bible says, “And immediately he regained his sight…” What is holding you back from exercising your faith?

Finally, Bartemaeus took the next step and followed Jesus. The Bible says, “If people say they have faith but do nothing, their faith is worth nothing.” James 2:14 NCV.

Enjoy your weekend and be pumped up for God

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