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You’re Not Just a Number

Have you ever been where someone very important (and notorious) was speaking or performing? Have you ever wanted just a moment with him or her—just one brief minute or two—to ask a question, or get some personal advice? But then, you look around and realize you're surrounded by hundreds upon thousands of other people, who probably also hope to get a word with (or an autograph from) this celebrity.

You slowly and sadly think: There's just no way. I'm just a number. There's no way I'd ever get that chance. It's impossible.

It would have been easy for the blind man in Luke 18:35-42 to feel that way. He was begging alongside the entrance road when he heard the crowd's excitement and asked what was going on. "They told him, 'Jesus of Nazareth is passing by'" (Luke 18:37). 

Don't you think his heart raced? His skin tingled? His breathing quickened? This could be it, he might have thought. This could be my one and only chance! Maybe He will stop and talk to me. Maybe He will heal me! Nothing could keep the blind man from going wild, calling out Jesus' name, waving his arms, beckoning Him near. The folks around him understandably grew embarrassed and tried to hush him. Yet, this blind man was insistent. He didn't listen to the naysayers. "He called out, 'Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me'" (Luke 18:38)! Jesus immediately took notice and came over to him. Jesus asked him what he'd like Him to do. Of course, the man replied that he'd like to regain his sight. Jesus healed him.

Let this be an example to all of us. The meek, the quiet, the humble, the unnoticed—Jesus knows who you are, where you are, and all you need. Yes, there are hundreds, thousands, millions more. But, Jesus knows you're there. Jesus longs to love on you, to talk to you, to answer your questions. Just speak up and ask Him.


  • How do the opinions of others hinder your pursuit of Jesus?
  • How often do you set aside time to get alone and talk with Jesus?
  • What is one thing you would like to ask Jesus today?

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