Growing up as a child, I was always told by mother, “Don’t ask questions, just do what I say.” I’ll be the first to admit that I was not an easy child, and that was not a statement I would just let slide. I needed to know why I had to clean my room. I needed to know why I had to help my siblings out with something. I needed to be in the know! No matter what the situation was, I wanted to know details! As a child I was not always privy to those details and would, at times, question my mother’s motives behind her decisions. But at the end of the day, she had my best interests at heart and I trusted that she knew what she was doing.
During Jesus’ ministry on this earth, He performed many miracles and healed several people. One man who stood out to me was the blind man whose sight was restored by Jesus Christ. In John 9 we see the story of man born blind who was healed after Jesus saw him, spit on the ground to make clay, placed the clay on his eyes, and then told him to wash in the pool of Siloam. This man had never met Jesus before and all he knew was that He gave him sight! Can you imagine the joy he must have felt? For years he could not see, and suddenly, thanks to the work of a Stranger, his sight was restored. Now if I were him, I’d definitely be running back to ask Jesus: why did You choose to heal me? How did You heal me? What am I supposed to do now?
The fact that this man just believed amazes me. The Pharisees could not accept the fact Jesus had healed a sinner on the Sabbath. They wanted to find any reason to shut Him down and they thought they could use this man to bring down Jesus. Little did they know, this man had faith! He knew that his healing was divine and was not going to let attacks from the Pharisees change his mind. He responded to them beautifully:
“Well, here is an amazing thing, that you do not know where He is from, and yet He opened my eyes. We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He hears him. Since the beginning of time it has never been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. If this man were not from God, He could do nothing.”
Mark 9: 30-33
This man who was blind, experienced God’s goodness and was compelled to share that with the people around him. Shortly before this encounter, in John 8:12 Jesus says, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”
Jesus, Light of the world, not only provided this man with physical sight but also with spiritual sight. Those of us who are believers, have experienced the same type of healing. This healing is available to all who seek it! Jesus is ready to heal the lost and it is our duty to go and share this truth with others. Stop asking God “why” or waiting for Him to “call” you to go and preach. Just do it! Maybe you’re questioning why God has put you in this certain job or why He’s keeping you in a certain city. While your questions may be valid, God may not immediately reveal His answers to you (just like my mother didn’t when I was young). The one thing we do know is that He is good and deserves all the glory! He has placed us where we are and now we need to ask ourselves: Are we doing what He has called us to do? The man above did not know much about Jesus, but what he did know was that Jesus was in line with God’s will and there was nothing any human could do to stop Him. We too are in God’s will, but we need to make a choice to follow Him. The gospel has been revealed to us and we should be compelled to share it with the world around us.