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Why You Need to be Poor

“Be quiet!” many of the people yelled at him.

But he only shouted louder.

The blind beggar would not be stopped.

This was his one chance of being able to see again. So why would he listen to the clamor and shouts of the people around him? Why should he give in to their demands when this could be his one moment in time when everything will change?

Bartimaeus gathered his strength and shouted even louder. “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

His desperate cry for help pierced through all the noise and reverberated in the atmosphere.

Jesus who was passing by the area heard him and called for him.

That day changed the life of blind Bartimaeous forever. Jesus heard his cry and he healed him.

But it was not his loud cry that got him noticed. It was his sheer desperation and utter brokenness that moved the heart of Jesus.

Have you ever been so desperate that you don’t care about what the people around you think? Have you ever been so in need that you would stop at nothing just to have that very thing?

Jesus said, “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.” (Matthew 5:3 NLT)

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Indelible Love

Indelible Love

Like an artist painting his masterpiece on a canvas, you are painting your life’s work on the blank canvas of time. But unlike the painter, you cannot make erasures or somehow edit your work. Every act you do is permanently imprinted like indelible ink.

This thought is scary, to realize that we only have one chance to make our best work. How do we undo our mistakes and failures?

We will always make mistakes in life and fail in so many ways. The good thing is that God has already made a way for us to deal with our failings.

For every fault we do (or had done, or will ever do), God is painting over it with the indelible ink of His love. His love is more powerful than our failures. And His love never fails.

The greatest act of love God did for us is to give up His own son and let him die on the cross so that all our errors could be undone once and for all. His very blood covers all our sins—our wrongdoings.

So don’t be afraid to make mistakes in life. Go ahead. Seize the day. Take that paintbrush and paint something. It’s so much better than just standing there frozen because of fear.

Take every opportunity to paint the best painting you can ever make. Don’t be afraid to fail because Jesus has got you covered.

Remember this. You are painting your masterpiece with an indelible ink of God’s love.


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