46 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.
47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.
48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.
49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.
50 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.
51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.
52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.
–Verse 50 tells us that Bartimaeus cast away his garment as he made his way to the Lord. The Greek word for garment, “himation” here refers to an outer cloak worn over regular clothing. In his zeal and eagerness to get to the Lord, Bartimaeus removes himself from anything that may present even the slightest impediment to reaching the Lord. This may seem inconsequential, but Hebrews 12:1 tells us to “lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us”. It may seem obvious that we should lay aside sins, but there are plenty of things in our lives that may not be sinful, but may still weigh us down. If there’s even a chance that those things could hinder our walk with the Lord, it is essential that we cut them loose as quickly as Bartimaeus dropped his coat.