Blind Eyes Open
It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins, Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.“John 9:3 NLT
Who knew that this day would change every day afterwards? Imagine what it would be like to be blind from birth. You wouldn’t know color; only blackness. You wouldn’t know what it feels like to see a smile of approval. You wouldn’t know the face of your mother. You would often fall and run into things. Get out of the way, would be normal to hear. Left out would be the common feeling. Shame would be your constant companion.
This is a small piece of how it must have felt for the blind man in John 9 when Jesus and His disciples encountered him. The disciples didn’t see the blind man as a person with hopes, dreams, desires, and God-given potential. They saw him as an object lesson for a spiritual discussion about sin. Jesus saw the blind man as a person created in the image of God with innate value—the same way He sees you and me.
Jesus lived out the love of the Father every day all the time. He came to bring light to a world walking in darkness. He was on mission and He wasn’t distracted from His purpose.
“Go,” he told the blind man,, “Wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means ‘sent”). So the man went. John 9:7 NLT
A decision to act in faith changed the blind man’s life forever. What a great example of Jesus fulfilling His mission! Not only did the blind man return with sight but also a testimony, I once was blind but now I see!
We are never the same once we experience what it means to live out the love of Jesus. When Jesus works in your life, you too will have a story to tell. The world needs to hear your story.
Week 5, Live Out, Day 1, Devo 21