“What do you want me to do for you?” When Jesus asked this question, first of his two disciples, and then of a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, their responses revealed their hearts. How would you answer? What might this reveal? Will you follow Jesus if you see a cross up ahead?
In this episode with Amber Cullum, we’re looking at the story of Blind Bartimaeus, and how his response to this question, “What do you want?” was completely different from James and John’s response in the scene before. So what can we learn from disciples who were blind, and a blind man who sees?Listen in as we discuss how to live like it’s true that there’s a cross up ahead, but that Jesus is the Son of David who will ultimately heal all that is broken.
Amber Cullum is a physical therapist turned stay-at-home mom, podcast host, and speaker who has always loved connecting with people through their hardships, passions, and faith. She’s the host of the “Grace Enough” podcast.
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Amber Cullum is a physical therapist turned stay-at-home mom, podcast host, and speaker who has always loved connecting with people through their hardships, passions, and faith.
After moving to Raleigh, NC with her husband and 3 young children she was encouraged to dream again in the midst of the daily grind. That was the beginning of Grace Enough Podcast, a weekly show with 220+ episodes published that focuses on how God can use any story to impact His kingdom.
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Good News for Us: Heart Transformation
Prior to the story of blind Bartimaeus, we read about James and John, two of Jesus’ twelve disciples, asking Jesus for positions of prominence in heaven – to be seated at his right and at his left in glory. Jesus had just told them that he would be going to the cross, where he would die and be raised to life. But these two disciples were blind to what Jesus was telling them. All they saw was an opportunity for position and power and thrones. Little did they know that they were the ones blind to what Jesus was saying about who he was and what he would do, while Bartimaeus, who was physically blind, could see these things quite clearly.
In this episode, Amber reminds us that there is hope for those of us who are in Christ. As we grow in Him, our hearts our transformed to see that those who are greatest in the Kingdom of God, are actually servants, just like Jesus.
“With James and John, we know there was heart transformation, because of how they lived the rest of their life after Christ was crucified. And that is good news for us, for those of us who struggle with not having enough faith, or responding in pride, or being selfish, and confessing to the Lord that I still struggle. There is hope for that. We see it right here. They eventually realized ‘we’re giving our whole lives to serve the cause of Christ. Yeah, we know that sitting at His right hand is actually now: service.’ It’s a beautiful thing.”
Good news, indeed!