When the Blind See!
This past weekend I was thankful for the opportunity to speak at Vann Avenue. We continued to look at the letter to the Philippians and specifically Philippians 1:12-14. From these few verses we recognized Paul, in light of his situation, continued to share with those who needed to hear about Jesus. Paul, by God’s grace, continued to share the good news of Jesus even when it might have been easier to feel sorry for himself. We also saw, in light of his situation, Paul continued to encourage followers of Jesus as well. Paul knew Jesus was bigger than any situation he was in. Others saw Paul’s confidence in Christ and gained confidence to share Christ as well. One might say they had a God Perspective on their current situation. As I was reading this morning through the Gospel of John, I was reminded of the time Jesus gave me this perspective as well.
In John 9 we are introduced to a man born blind. This man has never seen anything but darkness. This man has only contributed to society through begging. Now all the sudden he hears a man speak about being the light of the world, he feels him put mud on his face and tells him to go and wash it off. No ordinary day for this guy!
What we read next is this same man, returning from washing, seeing for the first time in his life. This man is now taking his first steps with a new God Perspective. As with all who have been brought from darkness to light, he goes from beggar to bold proclaimer. Asked by neighbors and the Pharisees how this man who was once blind now sees, he says Jesus did it.
As they begin to question him once again, and even question whether he was ever blind, he says “One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see (v.25b).”
Not only does he go from beggar to bold proclaimer, he goes from worthless (at least in the eyes of society) to worshiper. He says to Jesus in verse 38, “Lord I believe,” and he worshiped him.” Notice Jesus doesn’t tell him to get up and stop worshiping. This man knows God has said, “You shall have no other gods before me (Exodus 20:3).” Why doesn’t Jesus rebuke him and tell him to get up? This man is doing what he was created to do, worship God!
This man went from blind to bold proclaimer. This man went from worthless to worshiper.
Can you relate to the story? Have you been given this God Perspective? God is still giving sight to blind people. The blindness I refer to is a spiritual blindness. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life (John 8:12).” Maybe you can relate to the man who would have been considered worthless. This man found worth, not in himself, but in Jesus. He didn’t just need a dose of self-confidence, he needed Jesus.
Having a God Perspective begins with God Himself giving you sight to see Jesus as Savior and Lord of your life. This perspective begins when you agree with God that you are have chosen to ignore Him and go your own way (Ephesians 2:1-3). Upon turning away from your own ways, you now turn to Christ. You believe He died for your sins and rose on the third day. You now see God as merciful, loving, and gracious (Ephesians 2:5-9). Lastly, you see your life with meaning and purpose. You now walk with sight. You seek to share and live for Jesus (Ephesians 2:10).
As I sit here in downtown Indianapolis, I am freshly reminded of what He has done for me. I sit here in a coffee shop watching people come and go, and I say the same thing that was said almost 2000 years ago. “One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see!”