There is an old saying, “There are none so blind as those who will not see.” The inability to see is one thing, but a stubborn refusal to see is quite another.
The ninth chapter of John contains the account of the miraculous healing of a young man, blind from birth. The simplicity of his testimony is both touching and profound: “one thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see." (John 9.25) The deliberate blindness of the religious leaders, however, stands in sharp contrast: “Those of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these things and said to Him, ‘We are not blind too, are we?' Jesus said to them, ‘If you were blind, you would have no sin; but since you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.' “ (John 9.40-41) The most tragic blindness is that of those who are unwilling to see.
Many today are blind to the person and work of Christ. Dismissing the claims of scripture, they refuse to acknowledge that He is God’s sinless Son and Savior of the world. And so the challenge before those of us who once were blind, but now see, is to be “spiritual optometrists” who assist others to see as they so much need to see. But, such work requires the mighty direction of Holy Spirit because, “a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.” (1 Corinthians 2.14) Unless one is open to the illuminating work of Holy Spirit, they remain in their stubborn blindness.
As enlightened ones, we daily face “sight challenges” as well. Are we seeing the person and work of Christ in our lives, and in the world? What does He want to do in and through us today? Are we able to see Him amidst our daily activities, and participate with His will and desires?
May we truly see Christ as He desires to be seen, and be used of Him to bring true sight to those around us who are blind.
©Steve Taylor, 2015 --Used by permission
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