Bible Reading: John 9:1-41
We concluded yesterday’s devotional word with the Church in Ephesus that seemingly had everything right but was fundamentally flawed. It is so easy to get caught up in the mechanics of something and lose sight of what is really important. Organisation, methods, and teaching programmes, are all good, but sometimes these become so overly important that we miss what is most important. I am amazed at how people will spend so much time looking at the fact of how Jesus healed the blind man in this passage rather than the fact that he was healed.
In the past few days I have received a message from someone who ministered to a pastor who has met afresh with Jesus. The pastor wrote, “Just thought to thank you for reminding me how I was and felt years ago when I was so in love and loved by the Lord, and had so much love to give, but lost it all in the pain. Please pray for the spark you ignited to fan into a flame again for our city for Jesus.”
In the ninth chapter of John we see the three things that were of prime importance to Jesus. Firstly, He was passionate for the glory of God. Jesus wanted God to be glorified in everything that He did. He didn’t just heal the blind man out of compassion but also so that the glory of God should be revealed in him [v.3]. Everything that Jesus did was to glorify His Father. Jesus said, “I do not seek My own glory” [John 8:50]. Here is a key for us as the followers of Jesus. All that we do should be for the glory of God.
Secondly, He recognized the urgency of the hour. In John chapter nine Jesus is approaching the last days of His life, and He says, “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work” [John 9:4]. Here is a second key for us as followers of Jesus. Our time also is short. The coming of Jesus is near. We dare not say that there are yet four months and then comes harvest. Writing to the Ephesians, Paul says that we should be wise and redeeming the time because the days are evil [Ephesians 5:15-16]
Thirdly, He had compassion for those who were hurting. Jesus later sought out the man who had been blind. He had been physically healed but was still unsure of salvation. Jesus revealed Himself to the man and the man who had been blind believed, and worshipped Jesus [John 9:35-38]. Out of compassion Jesus both heals the sick and is concerned for people’s spiritual well being. Here is a third key for us as followers of Jesus – compassion for the hurting, poor and broken. These people are so much on God’s heart!
Which of these three things that were so important to Jesus speaks most deeply to you today as His disciple? Why is it that we so easily lose the focus on what is most important and in doing so lose our fire and passion for Jesus? How can you be more effective in your own Christian life?