Gleanings from John 9

Our God is a God of Splendor. He sometimes ‘allows’ some situations and circumstances to take place in our lives in order for Him to show Himself in ways that will bring pleasure to His name. Please note the word, ‘allow’ is used to show that although God may permit or allow ‘evil’, He doesn’t do evil because only good and perfect gifts come from Him.

In a sense, what we call evil is only evil due to our inability to see the end of God’s wisdom from the beginning. If only babies could talk then I am sure that a day-old baby born prematurely will accuse you of being evil by placing him in a confined incubator with rays of light directed at him. You must be wicked and evil for doing that! Are you not? Well, to the little baby with a limited and undeveloped ‘brainbox’, you are, but matured minds know that you are a loving parent just as God is.

Since God is, therefore, a God of splendor then I should be bold to make Him known to others in every aspect of my life. This also implies that God desires that we experience His splendor in our ministry, marriage and career.

John 9 verse 5 says “As long as I am in the world, I am the Light of the world”. Light illuminates, brings joy (in Nigeria we shout “Up NEPA” whenever electricity is restored), things left undone will be accomplished and hidden things are brought to the open. So, as long as I am alive in this world, I am expected to be a solution provider; a joy to the people and darkness repellant.

In verse 7 of the same chapter, Jesus gave the blind man an instruction and when he acted accordingly, he returned with an instant healing. When God does the miraculous in your life, people will not recognize you again because your status, appearance and sometimes, your name will change. In the case of the blind man, he stopped begging, he was able to change his clothes and people no longer call him blind or a beggar. Finally, when God does the miraculous in your life, you will have reasons to testify and men will seek Jesus through your life.

By the time the people discovered what happened to the man, they began to ask him about the person who healed him. When God changes your story, He’ll bring you before the important men of the society. This man was formerly a common beggar on the street with a beggar’s garment, but when his story changed, he was brought before the Pharisees – an important sect of the time.

When people query your testimony, it does not mean a change did not take place. You must, therefore, never be ashamed to declare what God has done for you when people wish to know about it. Whenever you speak about His deeds, you are spreading the gospel i.e. Good News and the ‘questioners’ will be left to decide on whether to accept the truth or not.

The man did not know Jesus by name, but from His actions, he concluded that Jesus was a prophet. Do your actions depict that you are a Christian or do you have to constantly argue to remind them that you attend a Church and that you even hold a key position there?

The Pharisees went ahead to interview the parents of the man; seeking to know more of him, but his parents answered and said he was of age so he could speak for himself. This implies that there comes a point in a man’s lifetime when he becomes accountable to God and sometimes to men over what goes on in his life.

Why did his parents make that statement? It was because they were afraid that the Pharisees (men) could put them out of the synagogue. They feared men and not the God of the Synagogue and they chose not to acknowledge the work of God, thus denying God.

On the part of the Pharisees, they were willing to acknowledge God, but ready to deny and lay a disclaimer on the Vessel. God will not deny His vessels, so even as we return all glory to God, we must still honour His vessels.

In verses 30-33, the man spoke about Jesus as though he had studied Theology, yet he never attended a Bible School. It was a genuine encounter that gave him a revelation of the personality of Jesus so much that he could give the Pharisees a concise lecture entitled: “The man God uses’”.

Below is a brief outline of the lecture.

Characteristics of the man God uses:

  1. He does the will of God.
  2. God listens to him and answers his prayers.
  3. God is able to perform the miraculous through him
  4. He has to be connected to God to do the work, because he has no power of his own.

 

God is counting on you. Will you deny Him or declare Him?

– Ope Sanyaolu

Posted on September 12, 2014, in Articles and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s