"What do you want me to do for you?" Jesus asked him. The blind man said, "Rabbi, I want to see."
"Go," said Jesus, "your faith has healed you." Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus down the road.
Read Mark 10:46-52 Matthew 20:29-34
While not listed in Hebrews 11, the chapter on heroes of the faith, I see this man as a hero. He stood against those who would hold him back. He did not bow to political correctness. He cried out right where he was to the One Who could solve his problem. He saw in Jesus the way of redemption for both his spiritual and physical needs. He persisted in crying out to the great Healer.
When Jesus ask a specific question, Bartimaeus answered specifically. He wanted to see. He wanted to cast off the cloak of blindness and take up a life of walking in the light.
Whether the cloak that we cast off is one of sin causing spiritual blindness or one of poor choices, like Bart, we need to cast it off, jump to our feet and come to Jesus.
He can heal our spiritual blindness, our emotional blindness that causes us to not see our sin and our tendency toward stubbornness when we refuse to see our sin.
After being healed, Bartimaeus set out to follow Jesus down the road of life. His spiritual growth began as a first step. His journey to salvation and serving the Lord began when he chose to repent and cast off his past.
When we choose to follow this man's example, we too can set out on a life time journey of following Jesus. We may not receive instant sight but we will always be able to see the One
Who can give us greater sight.