Today’s mini-sermon is the 6th of a 12-part series on the 9th chapter of John. It will be appearing in the Saturday, Sunday and Thursday additions of the Answers2Prayer newsletters.
“His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, ‘Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?’ Some claimed that he was. Others said, ‘No, he only looks like him.’ But he himself insisted, ‘I am the man.’ ‘How then were your eyes opened?’ they demanded. He replied, ‘The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.’ ‘Where is this man?’ they asked him. ‘I don’t know,’ he said.” (John 9:8-12).
You have just met the most gorgeous girl/hunk of a man (your choice according your gender!) you have ever seen in your life. Not only that is he/she great-looking, but you were able to talk with him/her and you will be seeing each other again. Time passes by and that person has not only become your best friend, he/she has become your fiancé/fiancée.
How would you act when you are all by yourself with your friends? Would you be shy to talk about your fiancé/fiancée? Are you scared that you might hurt his/her feelings if you talked about him/her? Do you think you would become alienated if you dare to speak about him/her? No way. You wouldn’t be able to stop yourself from bubbling over with excitement and talk about this wonderful person, right?
Why is it, then, that we as Christians don’t have that same excitement about the One who saved us from eternal condemnation? Why are we not excited to talk about the One who willingly died for us, so that we could have eternal life? Why do we feel like out of place when we try to help someone avoid the sure consequences of sin?
I like being around newborn believers. They are so catchy! They are so excited to have found the Messiah that they can’t stop talking about Him. It was the same with the blind man. He couldn’t stop talking about the One who healed him from blindness. He was so excited that everyone heard about it. People from his neighborhood began noticing something different in him. Not only was he able to see, but He was a changed person as well. How come? Because he had met the Messiah in person, because he realized that God is a loving God, because he realized that he had been believing lies when he thought that he didn’t deserve to be loved by anyone, even less by God. But he had learned that God loved him. Can you believe that? God loved him so much, that He took the time to heal him. He loved him so much that He took the time to touch his soul and open his eyes to eternal truth. He loved him so much, that Jesus was ready to die just for him in order for him to obtain eternal salvation. Wow! Nobody can stop sharing that kind of experience!
My friend, God loves you as much, if not even more. Will you let Him into your life? Will you let Him open your eyes? Will you let him change you into someone who will not stop being excited about God has done for you? Just invite Him into your life and let God’s Spirit dwell in you. You will never be the same. You will be better, because God is residing in you.
2 Cor 6:16: “For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ‘I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.’” God is looking forward to that relationship with you. Will you accept His invitation?
In His love,
Answers2Prayer Ministries, www.Answers2Prayer.org
(To access the entire “I was Blind, but now I See” mini-series, please click here.)