Toss your cloak, or go away disheartened

Bartimaeus was a blind beggar sitting in the dirt by the roadside. Maybe his only significant possession was a cloak which he discarded in his rush to come to Jesus (Mark 10:46-52).

Jesus healed him, saying, “Go your way”. But upon recovering his sight Bartimaeus did not go his way, he joined Jesus in His way (Mark 10:52). Which was in fact the way to Jerusalem to die on a cross.

It does seem that those who know themselves to be the most miserable without Jesus become passionate followers of Him more readily. Compare the responses of Bartimaeus and the rich young man (Mark 10:17-25) who was disheartened and went away sorrowful because of what he would lose by following Jesus.

Let’s be honest with ourselves and God. When Jesus calls you to leave all and follow Him, which part of Mark chapter 10 best describes your response?

(And if you are like me and find yourself feeling disheartened at the idea of leaving the life you currently have, thinking of all the reasons why just walking out and following Jesus would not be practical, pray desperately for a heart so in love with Jesus that He has to command you to stay because you would so joyfully go anywhere for Him.)