Secondly, Bartimeus recognized his own need. He acknowledged his blindness and disadvantage in life. He was blind. He was poor. He was the least of the least of the least. He was a sinner.
Beyond acknowledgement, he put desire for change into his situation. He resolved to do something about his condition. He would call out to Jesus in faith, the only one with power to change his life. He believed that Jesus would hear him and give him the time of His day. He trusted that he would be heard. Bartimeus could not see but he could speak. He resolved to use what he had going for him...his voice.
To God, so long as we have breathe, there is no one with a sealed fate...there is no karma. No, all may enter in freely and all may partake of salvation and of eternal life through Jesus Christ. In Christ there is only amazing grace.
Finally, when Jesus asked Batimeus what he would have Jesus do for him, he was specific in his request. "Lord, that I might regain my sight." He did not leave it to Jesus nor to the maltitudes to tell him what to ask for. He did not try to narrate how he lost his sight or the kind of misery he was in for the luck of sight.
He did not engage in the blame game either. He knew his need and he seized the moment to tell it to Jesus. "Lord, that I might regain my sight,!" He said. What do we need from Jesus today? Is it salvation? Is it healing? Is it restoration of a broken relationship? What is it? We must tell it to Jesus. We must be specific.
This Jesus is no ordinary guru. In the words of one African American preacher, "No means or measure can define His limitless love. He is the sinner's Savior and friend. He stands in the solitude of Himself, magnificently unique, unparalleled and unprecedented. He is the highest personality in philosophy, the fundamental doctrine of true theology. He is the coral necessity for spiritual religion. He is the miracle of the ages...the only one qualified to be an all sufficient Savior...proclaimed of God. Acknowledged by angels. Adored by saints and feared by devils." This Jesus is our Lord and our Savior.