31 Days with the Savior: Revealed

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Gentle Reader,

Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’

Jesus answered, ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.'” – John 9:1-3 (NKJV)

I know I’ve referenced this passage more than once on this blog. I can’t help it. This is one of my favorite moments with Jesus. He speaks so many volumes about illness and suffering in one sentence.

Yes, there are things that we do to ourselves that cause us to get sick. That’s why Paul’s words are important: “‘All things are lawful for me,’ but not all things are helpful. ‘All things are lawful for me,’ but I will not be enslaved by anything” (1 Corinthians 6:12). We shouldn’t over- or under-eat. We shouldn’t drink excessively. We shouldn’t smoke. We shouldn’t do drugs. We shouldn’t be couch-potatoes. We shouldn’t be controlled by anything other than the Spirit.

Here’s the deal, though: A whole lot of illnesses, physical and mental, just happen. Same thing with deformities. Neither my parents nor I did anything to cause me to be born with partial blindness. It just happened. Part of living in a broken world. I didn’t do anything to cause the problems in my liver. They just happened.

Those who suffer have two options: get bitter or get better. It’s easy to get bitter. It’s easy to spit in God’s face and refuse to see Him at work. But how much greater is it to get better? No, we’re not talking literally, because that doesn’t always happen. Yet illness and suffering can shape us into better people. We can learn to see God. We can allow Him to reveal Himself in, around and through us.

Grace and peace along the way.

For all entries in the Jesus: 31 Days with the Savior series, go here.

 

31 Days with the Savior: Seed

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Gentle Reader,

Another parable He put forth to them, saying: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field,  which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.'” – Matthew 13:31-32 (NKJV)

The least becomes the greatest.

It’s the “Jesus paradox” here. He takes everything we know and flips it around. He shakes up our perspectives and sets us on the road of change.

Thankfully, He does not leave us to walk that road alone.

Grace and peace along the way.

For all entries in the Jesus: 31 Days with the Savior series, go here.

31 Days with the Savior: Truth

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Gentle Reader,

“…you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” – John 8:32 (NKJV)

The only way to know the truth is to look at it. To study it. To soak in it.

The lies we tell ourselves, the fences we build to keep from facing the truth, are self-made prisons. Allowing Chris to shatter those prisons brick by brick is hard. Deeply painful, even. But when the destroying is done…no more fences. No more walls. No more darkness.

Just freedom.

Grace and peace along the way.

For all entries in the Jesus: 31 Days with the Savior series, go here.