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John 9: Developing a Faith that Empowers Spiritual Sight and Insight

by Bob Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

Reading: John 9

Text
Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"
"Who is he, sir?" the man asked. "Tell me so that I may believe in him."
Jesus said, "You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you."
Then the man said, "Lord, I believe," and he worshiped him.
Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind."
Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, "What? Are we blind too?"
Jesus said, "If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains. (John 9:35-41)

Reflecting and Thinking
Here is an amazing thing. Those who were blind can see; those that can see are blind. Spiritual blindness is a terrible thing, a frightening thing because it is so hard to recognize. Probably this story is one of the more familiar ones of Scripture. If you do not know the story, I encourage you to read the entire chapter. Lots of people are blind (in some sense) in this story. In addition to the blind man (physically impaired), one might note the blindness of the disciples, the townspeople, the man's parents, and the Jewish leaders. Some people are intentionally blind.

Are you ever intentionally blind? Have you ever ignored an opportunity when you caught a fleeting glimpse? Have you ever failed to act on your better motives? Have you ever seen, but quickly turned away? All of these might be characterized as a version of spiritual blindness.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, help us see. Help us see what you want us to see. Help us that we not ignore your urgings, turn away from opportunities, or openly work against your involvement in this world. Give us spiritual insight to see and believe, to worship, and to act. We pray for your help, in Jesus' name, Amen.


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