BETTER TOGETHER II
Then they reached Jericho, and as Jesus and his disciples left town, a large crowd followed him. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road.
47 When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
48 “Be quiet!” many of the people yelled at him.
But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
49 When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, “Tell him to come here.”
So they called the blind man. “Cheer up,” they said. “Come on, he’s calling you!” 50 Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus.
51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked.
“My Rabbi,” the blind man said, “I want to see!”
52 And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.
LIFE IS STRESSFUL
LIFE IS FULL OF WELL MEANING PEOPLE
SETTING BOUNDARIES DOESN’T DISQUALIFY US FROM THE KINGDOM
WE CAN’T HAVE A HEALTHY LIFE WITHOUT HEALTHY BOUNDARIES
NOT EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE EQUAL ACCESS TO OUR LIVES
LEVELS OF ACCESS
JESUS FIRST PRIORITY - FATHER
COMMUNITY - DISCIPLES
CIRCLE - PETER, JAMES AND JOHN
CORE - JOHN - THE BELOVED
CORE - SPOUSE
CIRCLE - KIDS, FAM
COMMUNITY - FRIENDS, CHURCH, CO-WORKERS
WHEN YOUR LEVELS OF ACCESS ARE OUT OF ORDER YOUR LIFE IS OUT OF ORDER
CONNECTION IS A CHOICE
JESUS CHOSE US