Mark 10:49 ¶ So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. ¶ Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.”
The attraction of Jesus is like nothing else in this life. It seems strange to the unconverted, but the person called Jesus of Nazareth has an attraction like no other. Isaiah said, “There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance nothing to attract us to him”. There was nothing about His physical appearance that made Him stand out but something that emanates from Him draws us. Solomon said it like this, “His mouth is most sweet, and he is altogether desirable. This is my beloved and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem”. To the unrenewed mind this sounds conflicting, to the born again it makes perfect sense. The man Jesus was quite ordinary in appearance but their was something about Him, there is still that something about Him that makes Him irresistible to His sons and daughters. Here are some thoughts from Matthew Henry on this attraction of the Lord.
“Christ encouraged him to hope that he should find mercy; for he stood still, and commanded him to be called. We must never reckon it a hindrance to us in our way, to stand still, when it is to do a good work. Those about him, who had discouraged him at first, perhaps were now the persons that signified to him the gracious call of Christ; “Be of good comfort, rise, he calls thee; and if he calls thee, he will cure thee.” Note, The gracious invitations Christ gives us to come to him, are great encouragements to our hope, that we shall speed well if we come to him, and shall have what we come for. Let the guilty, the empty, the tempted, the hungry, the naked, be of good comfort, for he calls them to be pardoned, to be supplied, to be succored, to be filled, to be clothed, to have all that done for them, which their case calls for.”
Have you ever felt like the Lord is calling you to Himself. That is exactly what happened to Bartimaeus, Jesus was calling for him and everything was about to change. If you sense the Lord calling you near just yield to Him. You will find His wooings are guarantees of His blessings being added to your life. Respond to His call, your life is about to change.