Talk about a missions mandate!? In John 9:1-5, as He is walking along, we read about Jesus’ encounter with a blind man. In answer to his disciples question, “why was this man born blind?”, Jesus answered, “He was born blind so that the power of God could be seen in him”. We are ALL born blind…we are all born with sin. The natural condition of sin is accompanied by “blindness”. We all need to be healed of our blindness. We all need to see with new vision, eternal vision, selfless vision that is submitted to Jesus, rather than selfish vision that submits to no one.
How urgent is the need for this healing in every man, woman, and child? Jesus answered that question next…”All of us must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent me, because there is little time left before the night falls and all work comes to an end. But while I am still here in the world, I am the light of the world”.
There is a mindset in hockey that a player needs to be “quick, but not in a hurry”. Jesus is advocating the same mindset. We don’t have a lot of time. We need to be aware and intentional about what we are doing. “What we are doing about what?” you might ask. What we are doing about being used of God to heal people of their blindness. Those who have “new vision” through the grace of God, the blood of Jesus, and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit ought to now have a “holy unrest” to see others all around them come to the place where their blindness is turned to sight! Jesus himself said, “there is little time left…”.
I’ve been investigating getting lasik surgery, for awhile now, so that I can see better…and I don’t yet know how much it costs, but I know it costs quite a bit. If I am willing to pay money so that my natural vision might improve for what little time I have left on this earth, how much more should I carry within me the sense of urgency to share with everyone I encounter that there is “clarity of vision” awaiting them – a permanent cure for spiritual blindness – that is far greater than lasik surgery! While there are billboards everywhere for eye doctors who will gladly perform this surgical procedure for a sum, how much greater is it that we have a Savior who has already paid the price that we might see! “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, Was blind, but now I see.”!