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Sent

July 25, 2017

In John 9 we read about an encounter of a blind man and Jesus. There he sat. Alone. Blind. In the dark. Darkness was his constant companion. The disciples asked Jesus if it was the man's fault or his parents fault that he was blind. The conversation happened around the man, yet not with the man.

John 9: 3-5 MSG
"Jesus said, “You’re asking the wrong question. You’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do. We need to be energetically at work for the One who sent me here, working while the sun shines. When night falls, the workday is over. For as long as I am in the world, there is plenty of light. I am the world’s Light.”

He hears this entire conversation. Jesus is the light. Here sits a guy who has never seen light before. He has no concept of light. He doesn't know even understand what light is. Jesus is speaking to his disciples as he answers their question. He isn't speaking to the blind man at all at this point. Yet,the blind man could hear well enough. He heard the words being spoken. He hears Jesus talking about being the Light of the world.

Don't you think his heart started beating faster as he heard Jesus kneel in front of him? What must have been going through his mind as he hears Jesus spit in the dirt? Yep. He spits in the dirt, rubbed the resulting mud on the guys eyes and then tells him to go wash in a particular pool of water. The pool of Siloam. Why this particular pool? The name Siloam means sent. He sent the blind man to wash in the pool of sent. He sent him. No questions asked he gets up and goes.

Now, it doesn't say that he told him if you want to see, go do this or you'll be healed, if you do this thing. There weren't any promises or suggestions other than go. He just told him to go. He sent him to a particular place for a particular reason. The guy had no idea what the result was going to be, yet he got up and hustled himself straight there. He was sent and he went.

When we encounter Jesus and He asks us to go do something, are we like the blind man? Do we get up and go? Or are we like the others in this chapter, asking a hundred questions, discussing the consequences and arguing about the facts? Do we have to have all the answers first or do we get up and go? Do we follow the Light?

Jesus is the Light. He Lights our paths and sends us places. He sends us to particular places for particular reasons. We don't always know the why's or even understand the results, but when we follow His instructions we will most certainly see the Light. Be like the blind guy. When you are asked to go, follow directions and go. We need to be energetically at work for the One who sends us.

 

 


 

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