Stockton Presbyterian Church
As we prepare to engage in a day of mission work and focus on the theme of Love the World, it is easy to read this passage and think of the people who we can help who are like the man born blind. We want to work, as long as it is day, to help those who have hurt and pain. We see people who live in the midst of deep struggle and difficult circumstance, which has not come from sin. Nor from their parent's sin. And so we envision the people that we want and can help. Simple enough.
But perhaps we should look at ourselves, not the ones we are about to serve, as the ones born blind. As we follow the instructions of Jesus (going to wash in the Pool of the Sent), we start to see. It is our neighbors who look at us as ones healed. Rather than our neighbors feeling we come to help them, they see that we have been healed. We were the ones who couldn't see, and now do, because of Jesus. We then have the chance to say to those who wonder if we are who we say we are, "I am indeed that person". And when they asked how we were healed, we, like the one born blind, can say, "Jesus told me to go and wash, so I went and washed." Simple enough.
Action Step: Go. Wash. Repeat.
Prayer: Lord, help me to be your servant this day. Thank you for your gift of salvation. Thank you for your call upon my life, and the lives of neighbors near and far. Amen.