Shed your cloak

by Rob Dunne

Please welcome our newest contributor, Rob Dunne:

When I lived in New York, I saw beggars everywhere.  Offering help wasn’t the issue, but rather discerning the legitimate beggars from the scammers.  In Jesus’ day, beggars wore special garments, beggar’s cloaks, to identify their needs.

In Mark 10, Jesus is leaving Jericho with his disciples.  Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, hears that He is passing by and cries out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  Jesus calls for him.  Bartimaeus throws aside his cloak, appears before Jesus and receives healing.  After receiving his sight, Bartimaeus immediately follows Jesus.  He is no longer blind or a beggar.  Rather, our merciful God has re-written his identity.

Throughout the course of our lives, we get stuck with labels that fashion our identity.  Negative labels are easy to spot; stupid, ugly, fat, slow, weak and unlovable.  Positive labels are also troublesome as they may become idols or a source of personal pride.  Neither of these attributes belongs in the Kingdom of God.

For Bartimaeus, shedding his old identity was simply a matter of tossing his garment aside.  In my own journey with Christ, shedding my old identity is difficult.  The devil cleverly reminds me of who I was before Jesus called me.

This is why daily fellowship with the Lord is vital.  When we stay focused on Him, He speaks truth into our lives.  Romans 12:2 reminds us, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind”.  We are not citizens of this world.  We sit together with Christ in the heavenly realm where true love generously flows into our hearts.  Daily, God reminds us that we are precious, unique, wonderful, beloved, beautiful, desirable and wanted.  When we live in His truth, transformation occurs and our minds become new.

Do you struggle with the lies spoken over you?  If so, I encourage you to shed your beggars cloak and follow the Master.  Allow Jesus, the lover of your soul, to speak words of love over you every day.

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