Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 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.” — Mark 10: 48–49
Love holds human beings in esteem. A blind man, Bartimaeus, was sitting by the roadside begging. He was handicapped, poor, dirty, and despised. Jesus passed by with a large group of people around Him. Bartimaeus cried out. He called for Jesus. Other people shouted at him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more. Jesus stopped, ordered the beggar to be brought to Him, and asked him what he wanted. Bartimaeus did not beg for alms as usual. He wanted it all and asked for what seemed impossible: healing! And Jesus helped.
Of all the various aspects of these events, we direct our attention to the esteem that Jesus showed Bartimaeus in the way He treated him. Despite the crowd’s contempt for the beggar, Jesus helped him. Jesus’ esteem was rooted in His love—a love that excluded no one.
- Esteem for others is based on love. Jesus esteemed the despised man. Let us follow His example.
- A lack of esteem for others can be demonstrated in extreme situations, but also in daily life. This hurts others and can destroy a person’s sense of self-worth.
- If ever our sense of self-worth has been damaged, we find comfort in the knowledge that God esteems and loves us.