It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.
We focus on what is best for us. Once in a while we truly pick up our crosses and take a total loss for ourselves that Christ might be glorified. But we should always be willing to suffer for Him. And how can we complain, for we caused Him more suffering than we can ever bear in this life.
The truth is that all things are for God, and that includes us. Even if we choose to reject Christ, He will be glorified in His display of justice. We can be for noble or ignoble purposes, but we will surely be used.
And because we are His, we should rejoice when we are used by Him. Even if we have a weakness, or are in a humble situation, or some tragedy has befallen us; we need to desire to be a part of His story.
As you read John 9:3, think about how God’s power can be glorified in your weakness… and not for your sake, but for His. Look into your heart and see if it cries out with every drop of blood within it as Rich Mullins’ heart cried out in his song “Jesus”…
Write me into Your story
Whisper it to me
And let me know I’m Yours
The second half of John 8 is spoken to the Jews who believed in Jesus. But when you read it, you get the impression that their belief was weak. It would seem that they didn’t like to believe when Jesus spoke to their sin.
It’s hard, as a Christian who tries to give his all to Christ, to hear of others who claim to have a faith but deny Him if He hurts their pride. To watch people have such a wishy-washy faith in the One who died for them, who suffered for them, who became a man for them. It’s unreal how unthankful people can be.
But then I’ m reminded of my own struggles. Sometimes I’m faced with a situation that requires I be humbled if I’m to follow Christ. And sometimes I don’t give up my pride like I should.
It’s never an intentional thing when I forsake Him. But that’s just it… I should always intentionally follow Him. I should have nothing less than a fully intentional, moment-by-moment, living for Him faith.
The Holy Spirit convicts His people when they walk in sin. When I’ve been convicted and rebuked for my forsaking Him I have two choices… I can swallow my pride and address the situation, or I can go on living in my pride.
My belief will not be limited to one who will flatter me, it is only placed in He who has the words of life!