After Jesus healed the blind man, the religious leaders disputed the healing and even accused the man of his own sin instead of rejoicing with him. The man was having none of it. Here’s what I know: I was blind but now I see. What do you know?
A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God by telling the truth,” they said. “We know this man is a sinner.” He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”
We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”
John 9:24-25, 31-33
That’s it. Blind and now seeing. For this man, there was no intellectual debate. There was no sitting on the fence. It wasn’t a matter of convincing or debating. He was blind, and then Jesus healed him.
The healing of life – the 2Corinthians 5:17 new creation – is not disputable in the life of the Jesus follower. We can debate many things, yet we can only see the life change of the Jesus follower. And there ought to be life change.
If the world sees me as average Joe and does not see the change in me, I would wonder if I am letting my light shine. Too often, the difference people are seeing today is more judgment than the rest of the world. Not more grace. More judgment.
I’m here to provide salt and light. Part of the change in me is to view the world as a place to give and not a place to take. It’s the answer to the question of, “what are you going to do with your new-found sight? That’s the change. And it should be positive.
Paul determined to know nothing except Jesus crucified. This man was answering everyone with the over-arching statement, “I was blind but now I see.”
Salt and light. That’s all I want to know and be today.