Bold Vision

by SomeGirl on March 10, 2011 · 6 comments

My sweet friend, Stephanie, from The Candid Pastor’s Wife (a break-the-mold wife to a pastor at a church plant in Austin, Texas, who loves to write about marriage, mission, and beauty outside of culture), has so graciously agreed to walk us through the Gospel of John on Fridays in the month of March, as we make our way from our celebration of Christ birth a few months ago to our celebration of His resurrection in just a few weeks.

Thank you, Stephanie!

Join along by reading through the Gospel of John between now and the end of March. :)

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What do you think it’s like in Libya right now? The rebels are buzzing with the electricity of progress, but they also must fear the recent comments of their leaders – that they will “never ever surrender” to the rebel forces.

Doesn’t that make you thankful? Grateful that we don’t have to live in a state of alarm?

I wonder if the same kind of *zing* was in the Jerusalem air 2000ish years ago. This man Jesus – a prophet? a possessed freak? the christ? – is performing miracles left and right and claiming to be the Son of God – the Messiah that was promised to the Jews, God’s chosen people.

But.

The Jewish leaders, the Pharisees, they were not too keen on Jesus. Surely he’s not the one! He’s from Galilee – no one comes from there, they thought. However, there was no doubting his miracles.

There was no doubting his claims as the Son of God either. They had already raised stones to kill him for this blasphemy, and they would do so again. Out of fear, they decided,

that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. (John 9:22)

This had to scare the Jewish people! They would be outcast if they claimed Jesus might be the Christ. If they were on the fence about his Lordship, they would most certainly keep quiet under this decree.

One of Jesus’ miracles was to restore sight to a man who was blind from birth. He was healed on a Sabbath (it was against the law to do any work on this day) with mud salves made by Jesus Himself.

The Pharisees couldn’t figure this one out; in fact, it seems they were convinced it was a trick- This couldn’t be the same guy! They brought the guy in for questioning. After hearing his story, they ask what he thinks of Jesus.

The man replied, “He is a prophet.” (John 9:17, NIV)

I wonder if those words were chosen carefully – enough oomph to show that he believed in Jesus but not enough Messiah-lingo to get his family ostracized. You can almost hear the little “…” before he speaks, can’t you?

The Pharisees decide this man cannot be trusted and ask his parents, who say “Ask him yourself!” They didn’t want to get kicked out either!

So they ask the formerly blind beggar again – trying to get him to say that Jesus is a sinner. But the man is not careful with his words this time.

He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”

26 Then they asked him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”

27 He answered, “I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?” (John 9:25-27, NIV)

Wow! I wish I were that bold for Christ!

But listen – we have the revelation too friends! We have been given the same sight to see Jesus and know He is Lord. So shouldn’t we have the same boldness? The same willingness to not glorify ourselves but instead glorify His name alone? The same passion in our voices when we talk about God?

I know some of you have shared with me that you’re working on your timidity with sharing your faith (go you!) – when God presents you with an opportunity, just remember – You were blind, but now you can SEE. That’s your testimony.

Let’s share a prayer in the comments today, friends. Maybe a prayer for the Libyans or for a friend you’re investing into – or anything you want!

{ 6 comments }

Mary

I pray that the Lord will use me to open the hearts of others who do not know God or are uncertain in how they feel about following Him. I ask that He use whatever He deems worthy in me to be an example to those who I may serve. I pray that I will be humble and quiet enough so that I won’t miss an opportunity to glorify God in this way.

Thank you for your blog ladies!! You are a blessing in my life!

Stephanie, The Candid Pastor's Wife

What a great prayer! I pray this for myself too.

Marci@OvercomingBusy

Lord, let me be bold enough to proclaim you in any situation. Give me the words to say and yet the discernment to say nothing at all.

Stephanie, The Candid Pastor's Wife

Oooo SUCH a good prayer! Sometimes our greatest witness can be a closed mouth.

Charity

Lord, I pray for both those in Libya but also those in Japan. Lord, please walk alongside them. Use their heavy trials for your glory, drawing people unto yourself.

Stephanie, The Candid Pastor's Wife

Yes, Lord.

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