“Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” (ESV)
Jesus is full of surprises. In fact, if he’s not consistently surprising you, you may not be consistently studying what he says!
One of those surprises happens while talking with his disciples. They see a man who was born blind and ask, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
Some people felt that if someone was born with something “wrong” with them that it must be the result of some kind of sin.
But Jesus takes it to a new level: “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.”
Where other people see “problems” Jesus sees an opportunity for the works of God to be displayed.
Sounds like good policy for the rest of us too!
When you’re struggling with something, do you spend most of your time stressing about what other people are saying? Or do see it as yet another opportunity to just beat yourself up?
(Neither of those options are a good use of your time, sweat or tears.)
So why not reframe the question and look at your struggles as an opportunity for the works of God to be displayed.
A financial crisis can cause you to reassess your priorities and bring them in line with God. An ongoing disagreement with your spouse can cause you to get on your knees and humbly pray for a better way. Something troubling in your town can cause you to get off the couch and help out.
Where other people see “problems” Jesus sees opportunities for the works of God to be displayed.
If you look around you and feel like giving up, just remember that God never gives up on you. You are his beloved child, the one Jesus died for, the continuing light. And God works can be displayed in you and through you.
Think of the day ahead of you. No person or situation is too far gone for God.
By Matthew Ruttan
- Today’s “Up!” is partly based on my Sunday message called “An Audience of One.” It was the conclusion to the “Plan B” Series. You can listen in to the podcast here. Enjoy!