“[DO] NOT hesitate to call for the second time if no response was received during the first. Don’t hold back to actively pursue Jesus.”
LUKE 18:35-43 shows a parable of a blind beggar who receives sight after believing in Jesus. As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting at the road side. He asked the crowd what was happening and they told him that it was Jesus.
The blind beggar called out to Jesus but was rebuked by the crowd and was told to be quiet. But he shouted more. Jesus heard his call and asked that he be brought to Him. The parable ended with the blind beggar regaining his sight and followed Jesus, praising God.
Hillsong pastor Julia A’Bell reveals three lessons from this parable:
1. BE INQUISITIVE. And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging: (Luke 18:35). Questions leads to answers. Hence, to get response, one must ask.
2. BE AGGRESSIVE. And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me. (Luke 18:38). This is being aggressive for the presence of God in finding out what His plans for us but not sacrificing humility. Matthew 6:33 tells “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” This, however, should not be mistaken as giving up things we want, such as career BUT to seek God first before anything else. And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me. (Luke 18:39) tells us to not hesitate to call for the second time if no response was received during the first. Don’t hold back to actively pursue Jesus.
3. BE BOLD. Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. (Luke 18:41). Ask God what we want in confidence and with a pure heart.
JULIA A’BELL. Julia, alongside her husband Joel, is the Lead Pastor of Hillsong Australia. She is responsible for the outworking of the vision in the Australian campuses, including Hillsong Sisterhood. Julia is passionate about empowering people and building the local church. She has an enthusiasm for life which is evident in her communication style. She has been married to her best friend Joel for 21 years and adores being the mum of Harmony and Eli.