November 17: Man Blind From Birth

Read John 9:1-34

Have you ever lost sight of the “why”? Have you ever got caught into the tediousness of logistics that you forget why it is you are doing what you’re doing? At times, we can become like little children and respond to everything with “Why?” “Why?” “Why?” There is no doubting that we have a desire to know the “why” before we choose to get involved. We want to know the end game, the resulting product.

Many people fall away from a project or movement when we lose sight of the “why”. We get so overwhelmed with the “how” that we choose to disengage ourselves from a potentially life changing experience.

If you read through the New Testament, you can see that a certain group of people struggled with this same idea. During Jesus’ ministry, the religious leaders of the day struggled balancing their legalistic approach to faith to the new grace approach Jesus was teaching about. It seems that no matter how clear Jesus preached to them, they always seemed to fail to understand this new way of thinking. A great example of this is found in John 9.

When you read about Jesus healing this man, it seems to be just another miracle that Jesus performs. However when the Pharisees point out that Jesus performed this miracle on the Sabbath, a real problem arises. According to Jewish law, anyone that performs any physical work on the Sabbath receives a sure death sentence.

The Pharisees see this problem and go to the man for a solution, questioning who it was that healed him. When they don’t take “I don’t know” for an answer, the chapter climaxes with the man’s response of, “Whether he (Jesus) is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” You see, the Pharisees were bogged down with the “how” and the rules they lost sight of the “why”.

How often do you find yourself getting sidetracked from the goal? How often do you allow your personal feelings to get in the way of your participation is a life changing movement? Just as hope was offered to this man, the same hope is offered to us. Don’t allow the little things to influence you to step away from life change. God is changing lives. People are moving from darkness to light. God is up to something great. Will you be a part of it?