Blessed Like The Blindman

Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. – John 9:3 (ESV)

You were probably not born blind, and nor was I, but most of us can identify with the blind man in the story. Our weaknesses, lackings, or simply our circumstances make us in some ways to be unlikely influencers. If we take an honest look at ourselves, it is a good thing for us to find amazement in the fact that God chooses such lowly vessels to become his ambassadors, and by this I don’t just mean overseas missionaries, but all Christians in general, for we are all made ambassadors for His kingdom.

And like this blind man, had it not been for Jesus coming and radically changing reality, this view of ourselves as hindered, weak, and unable would be a completely reasonable and accurate view to have of ourselves. Without Him, we are those things. But Jesus did come, and he did change our reality. He has given us His Spirit, and He has enabled us to do His work.

This blind man used to sit and beg, probably being overlooked by most passersby, and almost certainly not having a prominent influence on the society around him, but one day, Jesus comes and does something miraculous “that the works of God might be displayed in him,” and the next thing you know, this formerly blind beggar is boldly confronting the top leaders of his day and and eventually has his story recorded in the literal living word of God in order to transform billions of lives in generations to come by pointing them to the saving grace of Jesus!

I highly doubt that this man who had been blind from birth and spent his days sitting in the dirt, begging on the side of the road, ever expected much more in life, let alone to be miraculously healed and have the Lord God Almighty personally touch him and then use his story to bless countless souls for ages to come.

Are you ever tempted to believe that your shortcomings disqualify you from being used by the all-power God? As we see so often throughout scripture, God doesn’t choose likely candidates to convey his message, and the extent of what He chooses to do through the lives of His people, though often largely unseen by the individual, can extend for many generations. May we have a rightfully humble view of ourselves yet a rightfully lofty view of our God!

(Post by: Ashley)

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1 Response to “Blessed Like The Blindman”


  1. 1 Kim W. September 24, 2010 at 4:02 am

    Thanks for sharing this, Ashley. It really ministered to my heart where I’m at right now. XOXO.


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