Crossroads: Don’t Stop Believing

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Mark 10:46-52

Your Story

Has God ever told you to do something, and everybody tried to talk you out of it? What happened?

My Story and the Bible Story

When my mom was a teenager, she really wanted to be a youth minister. She felt God’s call and she knew that she should be a youth minister. But in that time, women weren’t really ministers. And people discouraged her, saying that surely God wasn’t calling her to ministry. She listened to them and chose something else. But now, looking back, she really wishes she had listened to God. She wishes she had ignored everyone and followed God into youth ministry. Although she wasn’t a youth minister, she still did ministry. She taught us all about God. She taught us to follow God. And she taught us to believe in our dreams and to listen to God’s call. And when I felt God telling me to be a Children’s Minister, she supported me and pushed me to do what God wanted me to do.

Read Mark 10:46-52. From the NIV: Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” “God,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

Bartimaeus knew that Jesus could heal him. He believed that Jesus could help him see again. So when he heard Jesus was coming, he began to shout for Jesus to have mercy on him. But the people tried to silence him. They assumed that Jesus didn’t have time to listen to a poor beggar. So they tried to get him to be quiet. But Bartimaeus ignored them, knowing Jesus could heal him. He knew what Jesus could do. And Jesus stopped, called Bartimaeus to him, and healed him. Bartimaeus’ faith was the reason he was healed. He didn’t stop believing that Jesus could heal him, even when everyone else tried to silence him.

Most of the time, unlike Bartimaeus, we aren’t trying to get God’s attention. But God is trying to get ours. There are times when God tries to speak to us but we ignore it because we aren’t paying attention. But there are also times when we hear God speaking to us, but we let other people silence us. There are times when God tells us to do something but when we say something to someone else, we hear “You can’t do that. You’re too young. You’re too small. There’s no way you would be able to do that.” And when we hear those words, we start to doubt what God told us to do. Sometimes we let other people drown out God’s voice. And we miss out on doing what God wants us to do. Bartimaeus didn’t let the others drown him out. He knew how important it was to talk to Jesus and he refused to let everyone silence him. Don’t let others silence God when God shows you what to do. Don’t let them drown out God’s voice. Listen to what God says and follow it. It may be hard, but you’ll never regret it. Don’t stop believing that God knows what’s best for you.

Discussion

• Ask your family to talk about a time when they felt like God was telling them one thing, but everyone else was saying something different. What did they do?
• Talk about how we can know that God is speaking to us. Share ways that God has spoken to you in your own life.
• Talk about ways that your family can support each other when God asks one of you to do something. How can you be encouraging?

Prayer

Thank God for showing us what to do. Ask God for help in listening and ignoring what others have to say.

Jessica Asbell is currently serving as the Minister to Children at First Baptist Church of Roswell, GA. She has worked with children in various capacities at several churches, including Winter Park Baptist in Wilmington, NC, First Baptist of Decatur, GA, and Highland Hills Baptist in Macon, GA. She has a Master of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology and a BBA from Mercer University. In her spare time she loves to read, watch movies, and of course spend time with her sweet kitty, Lucy.

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