In the Bible we find two great challenges that draw us to Christ personally!
- Bartimaeus the blind beggar stopped Jesus! His desire was to sacrificially seek and follow Christ, despite people trying to keep him quiet.
- Then, looking at Jonah the great prophet who ran from God, we derive three more major challenges that touch our very being and challenge every Christian to personally apply to their life. So when Jesus calls you… How will you respond?
1. As Jesus was leaving Jericho he heard the blind beggar Bartimaeus’call for help from the roadside. “Son of David, have mercy on me!” which persisted even though the crowd tried to silence him. Jesus had them bring the man to him and asked what he wants. Bartimaeus asked to be able to see again. Jesus tells him that his faith has cured him. He immediately regained his sight. Bartimaeus was healed, threw of his cloak and followed Jesus. What cloak are you carrying that needs to be “thrown off” to sacrificially follow Christ fully? Have you discerned His call on your life?
2. Jonah was called to go to and preach in Ninevah, but he rejected God’s call and sets passage to Tarshish instead. God creates a great storm, Because of Jonah’s great stubbornness the sailors tossed him overboard to save their ship. God appoints a great fish to swallow Jonah. After his near death experience and now sitting in the belly of the fish, Jonah realizes that he must seek the Lord. Jonah is the one who ran from the Lord and did not want to have a relationship with God any longer. Now Jonah recognizes that he has run from the Lord and needs a relationship with God.
Three More Major Challenges
1. Tarshish or Nineveh? In which direction are you headed?
2. Is there anything keeping you from reaching the people God has called into your life? When he calls, how will you respond? The cloak that hinders you must be thrown off. Have you discerned his call in your life?
3. Is there anything keeping you from reaching the people God has called into your life?
About Troy L. Guy
Troy Guy is a passionate speaker who converted to Catholicism after being an anti-Catholic Protestant for 25 years. He is the author of Evangelical Catholic. His book describes his experience discovering the Catholic faith and presents the Biblical and historical evidence that led him to convert. Troy and his wife, Lisa have four children and live in Texas.
Professionally, Troy manages an engineering laboratory for the design and development of space systems. He has served as lead engineer on the Sierra Nevada Corporation Dream Chaser lifting-body spacecraft. He was a principal engineer on the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory Spacecraft and the ORION spacecraft while at Lockheed Martin Space Systems.
Troy began his professional career in nuclear science, performing high energy-density experiments for physics-based research programs at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He holds degrees in Electrical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, and Physics. In addition, he is an FAA certified commercial pilot and flight instructor of multi-engine airplanes.
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