“And throwing off his cloak, he jumped up and came to Jesus” (Mark 10:50).

The blind man, Bartimaeus, realized this might be a never to be repeated encounter; his only opportunity to have an audience with the One who restores sight. The promptness of Bartimaeus in this moment should not be ignored; it captures well the necessity of an attentive response to the beckoning call of God’s Spirit. To delay in coming to Christ is to add another layer of hardness to the human heart; to the point of becoming so insensitive not even his Spirit can penetrate; fulfilling the word of the Lord in Genesis 6:4, “My Spirit will not remain with man forever.”

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