Jumping For Joy vs. Staying In Bed

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“Bartimaeus yanked off his old coat and flung it aside, jumped up and came to Jesus.”

Mark 10:50 (The Living Bible)

This morning I had a rough time getting out of bed.  I ran yesterday (so I’m sore).  I stayed up too late reading (so I’m sleepy).  I just didn’t feel right.  I was laying there praying, telling God that even before my feet hit the floor that I wanted to give my day to Him.  I was sincere, but the truth is I would have preferred to stay in bed.

I’m convicted by Bartimaeus’ response to Jesus.  He knew that Jesus was his only hope to receive his sight.  Even when the crowd told him to be quiet, he continued to cry out to Jesus for help.  When Jesus called to him he, “yanked off his old coat and flung it aside, jumped up and came to Jesus.”

How many mornings do I sluggishly drag myself into the presence of the Living God?  Lord, forgive me. I want to have the same response to Jesus as blind Bartimaeus.  I want to be filled with joy and excitement every time I have the opportunity to come to You.  I want to throw off my “old coat” (the flesh), fling it aside, and run to You for healing and rescue.  I realize that when I don’t respond like this it’s because I’ve allowed myself to become complacent and take You for granted.  I don’t want to live like that.

Like David I pray, “Restore to me the joy of my salvation.” (Psalm 51:12).  Let me jump up, throw off my “old coat”, and run to Jesus!

** Image courtesy of Ammom Perry.  View his “doodle” blog at http://doodletillomega.blogspot.com

 

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One Response to Jumping For Joy vs. Staying In Bed

  1. clarke lauffer says:

    My sin is ever before me and against you only have I sinned and done this evil in your sight, Psa 51 is the key as we constantly need to come with broken and contrite hearts before Him which He will not despise. The wonderful thing is the Holy Spirit will show us our own strength and makes it clear we have no power even to get out of bed. David desperately says take not your Holy Spirit from me, in the New Covenant the Spirit will never leave us yet we grieve and quench Him and it seems as if He left us. So we do by faith what we are commanded to do, ask again to be filled by the Holy Spirit, not just to preach and teach but for the mundane, even the simple thing of getting out of bed. I am having to continually learn I can do absolutely nothing without Him. Coffee is also a motivator to get up in the morning brother but is wears off too quickly :>}