Friday, January 27, 2012
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A lot of life's disrupting sounds you can learn to ignore: sirens screaming, telephones ringing, TVs blasting, trains rumbling by. It is almost impossible to ignore a baby crying. If there's a baby in your house and he starts crying, what should you do?
You say, "What a nuisance!" So what do you do? You could close the door and pretend it isn't there. You could turn up the music real loud. Maybe you could yell back at him like he's yelling at you. Obviously, if you do any of those, you are showing your inexperience. That's not going to do anything. He's just going to keep crying.
See, behind the cry is a need, and the crying isn't going to stop until he gets his tummy filled, or the relief that only a burp can give, or until you get him out of his mess shall we say. Of course, we don't stop crying just because we grow up; we just find grownup ways to do it. Maybe there's someone crying around you right now. I wonder how you're responding.
I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "Nuisance or Need."
Our word for today from the Word of God? It's in Luke 18:35-43. I'm going to begin reading at verse 35. "As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the road begging." Now, we're told in other gospels that his name was Bartimaeus. "When he heard the crowd going by he asked what was happening. They told him Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. He called out, 'Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.' Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet. But he shouted all the more, 'Son of David have mercy on me!' Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to Him, and he came near and Jesus asked him, 'What do you want Me to do for you?' 'Oh, Lord, I want to see' he replied. Jesus said to him, 'Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.' Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus praising God."
Now, it's interesting the two different ways people looked at Bartimaeus in this story. When the people of Jericho saw Bartimaeus, they saw a nuisance. "Will you stop crying? Stop making so much noise! You're an embarrassment." When Jesus saw Bartimaeus, He saw a need.
Now, in your life there are probably some obnoxious people. Can you think of one or two? Some mean people; maybe folks who demand a lot of your time and attention. Maybe there's a complainer around you. You know, in all of our lives, there are people who are for one reason or another folks you'd just like to close the door on like almost everyone else has. And you will unless you see them through the eyes of Jesus, and then you'll see the need.
Like a mother who looks past a baby's annoying cry to find out where it hurts. People are nuisances because they have needs; needs that no one has stopped to meet. I wonder, if like Jesus, you'd stop for them? Maybe they need a listener; they need someone who sees the good in them...someone who notices them; someone who affirms that they matter. Maybe they need someone to reach inside and find out what's really making them bleed; someone who will include them in the group.
See, that crying person, they're a wounded person. And you can be part of God's healing in that person's life. We're here to do what Jesus would do if He were here in person, and that means when others see a nuisance, you'll see a need and you'll do something about it.