There was a blind beggar known to us as Bartimeus who cried out one day for “mercy” but “mercy” was too general a “prayer” for Jesus that day. Jesus asked the man what kind of “mercy” he desired. Now it would have been quite logical for him to have requested alms (money) but the man had already used a formal title which indicated that he believed that Jesus was no ordinary man and therefore he requested the gift of sight. His request was granted. It would not surprise me in the least bit to learn that there were other beggars who called out to Jesus and His disciples who only received a charitable gift of money. “You have not because you ask not.”
There are many in this day, some twenty centuries later, who fail to attain to a deeper faith because they do not know to seek and request. Like Bartimeus we are surrounded by those who try to tell us to just be quiet and not disturb the status quo.
There is a point of grace as much above the ordinary Christian as the ordinary Christian is above the world. …their place is with the eagle in his eyrie (nest), high aloft. They are rejoicing Christians, holy and devout men doing service for the Master all over the world, and everywhere conquerors through Him that loved them. – C. H. Spurgeon
The experience to which Spurgeon refers has been describe as the higher life, deeper faith, entire sanctification, Christian perfection, perfect love, the rest of faith as well as a few other positive terms. “Ultimate Sanctification” is an illegitimate negative term applied by a certain person who is strangely antagonistic yet who occasionally comes within a hair’s-breadth of wholeheartedly promoting it. I’m sure that if he could just see it with unprejudiced eyes he would embrace it instead of running from it. However, the terminology is not as important as the possessing of, and walking in, the experience.
–an excerpt from my book WHoly Christian