Back to Reach • Devotion #3: Quick to Thought
Christopher Blodgett | Student Ministry Intern
John 9: 1-3
“As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ 3 Jesus answered, ‘It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.’”
Every week during the school year, our church busses in nearly 1,000 kids to our different locations to have a night filled with fun and then present the Gospel to them. Many of these kids are coming from broken, lost households. Most of these kids are missing a parent or both parents; many are involved in drug addiction or other addictions of some sort. This is what we, as a church, would call our outreach group. Most of these are people do not know Jesus Christ. A group of kids this size and this diverse can really start to test our patience. It is so easy for us to expect these kids to live and act how we Christians do. We get this mindset that because we are bringing them to the church building they should not be any problem to us, but often we are so quick to point out a kid’s sin and disregard them.
However, this is not at all what Jesus would want us to do. In John 9, we read a story about how Jesus heals a man who was born blind. When Jesus was walking through the city of Jerusalem, he stumbles across a blind man. Right as He sees the blind man Jesus’ disciples are quick to ask, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents…?” Jesus’ disciples quickly came to the conclusion that the only reason this man was blind was because of his sins. Jesus responded to them, “It is not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.”
So many times in life we are like the disciples, we see an outreach person and quickly pick out their sins, but that is not what we are to do. The reason God has put these people in our lives is to see the good works of God through these people. The struggling, addicted, broken people are all part of Gods wonderful creation, and He is putting them in our life to see God’s work, not to judge.
God can work in anyone’s life no matter what stage that person is in. There are so many people in our lives that we have pushed away because we think that they are too far gone or that God cannot save them. We know that He sent His Son to die on the cross for ALL of our sins so that then may be forgiven.
Today, think of someone that you have pushed out of your life because you did not think the good works of God could be displayed on him or her. Commit to pray for this person that God may become a part their life, and if you are feeling ambitious try inviting them to some of our outreach events!