Word Wednesday Nugget – Opening Blind Eyes

Dr. Rebekah McCloud

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The Booth Brothers have a song called He Saw It All (The Blind Man Song). The lyrics say:

“I was working in town one afternoon
Attending some business affairs
I heard a commotion a couple streets over
And wondered. “What’s happenin’ there”
A young man was running in that direction
And stopped just to catch his breath
I asked him to please tell me what was the hurry
He smiled up at me and he said.
I was trying to catch the crippled man
Did he run past this way?
He was rushing home to tell everyone
What Jesus did today
And the mute man was telling the deaf girl He was leaving to answer God’s call
It’s hard to believe but if you don’t trust me
Ask the blind man, he saw it all.”

The Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) each have a story about Jesus giving or restoring sight to the blind.

Matthew 20:30-34 tells of two blind men sitting by the road, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out to him to have mercy on them. Jesus touched their eyes, they regained their sight, and followed him as his disciples.

Mark 8:22-26 tells about some people who brought a blind man to Jesus and begged him to touch the man. Jesus spat on the man’s eyes, and laid his hands on him and asked, “Do you see anything?” The man said, “I see people, but [they look] like trees, walking around.” Jesus touched the man’s eyes a second time; he began to see everything clearly.

Luke 18:35-43 tells of Jesus restoring the sight of Bartimaeus on the Jericho road. Jesus asked, “What do you want Me to do for you?” Bartimaeus said, “Lord, let me regain my sight!” Jesus said to him, “Regain your sight; your [personal trust and confident] faith [in Me] has made you well.” Immediately Bartimaeus regained his sight and began following Jesus, glorifying, praising, and honoring God. The people saw it and praised God.

Finally, John 9:6-11 tells of Jesus healing a man born blind. The scriptures note that Jesus spat on the ground and made mud with his saliva, he spread the mud like an ointment on the man’s eyes, and told the man to “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam.” The man did so and gained his sight.

When it comes to our obligations and commitments as good stewards, sometimes we are like blind men. Either don’t see, choose not to see, or see through a glass darkly. Here are a few questions for us to ponder:

First, how do we spend our time? Do we have time to serve the Lord? Do we have time to serve our church? Do we have time to read and study to show ourselves approved? Do we fill our time with stuff? Have we forgotten that only what we do for God will last? How do we use our time?

Consider these scriptures. Ephesians 5:16 says to “Make the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Colossians 3:23 says,”Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” Finally,  2 Corinthians 9:8 says, “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”

Second, how do we use our talent? Do we use our God-given gifts and talents to serve our church? Do we use our God-given gifts and talents to further the gospel? Do we use our God-given gifts and talents to praise God? Or do we bury our talent in the ground or hide it under a bushel? Do we remember that God gave us gifts and talents to use and give back to him for his glory? Have we forgotten that the rocks will cry out for us if we keep silent? How do we use our talent?

Consider these scriptures. Titus 1:16 says, “They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.” Proverbs 10:4 reminds us, “A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.”

Third, how do we use our resources? Do we use our resources to support the gospel? Do we use our resources to support our church? Do we use our resources to assist our community? Do we remember the widows, the orphans, the sick, and the poor? Do we give our tithes and offerings, or do we rob God? Are we grateful for what God provides for us, little or much? How do we use our resources?

Consider these scriptures. Hebrews 3:16 says, “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Proverbs 3:9-10 tells us to, “Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.”

We must keep our eyes on the prize. Matthew 6:19-21 says, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be.”

The very least we can do is to be generous with our time, talent, and treasures. God will provide seed for the sower and increase his harvest (2 Corinthians 9:10). The Bible says if we water, we will be watered (Proverbs 11:24-24). We cannot beat God giving no matter how hard we try. Believe it? Just “ask the blind man, he saw it all.”

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