“What is God’s story in your life?” – Part 3
“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!” John 9:25
From the moment that someone acknowledges and accepts Yeshua as Messiah, he begins a journey of transforming his heart and mind to be more like Him. While this change is a deeply personal change, those around that person will also see this change and will not be able to deny it.
So it was in the above account of the blind man. His friends & neighbors could not deny the miracle of his healing, and were astonished as they asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” (John 9:8b) While some agreed, and while there were those who thought he was someone else (I believe because of their fears of the leaders of that time), the blind man himself knew that he was transformed, and insisted that he was indeed the man who was once blind.
Even the parents of the blind man could not explain how it happened when confronted by the leaders of the community: “Is this your son?” they asked. “Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?” (John 9:19) In other words, the religious leaders of the time were challenging whether or not this miracle actually happened. The parents answered, “We know he is our son, and we know he was born blind. But how he can see now…” John 9:20-21a
It’s interesting to note, though, that because of their fear of the religious leaders, the parents denied knowledge of how his sight returned: “But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don’t know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself.’ His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews … “ (John 9:21-22b). Even though there was debate about what actually happened to bring about the amazing transformation of his sight, there was no debating that a change indeed had occurred.
I can remember as a young believer in Messiah, I sat with a few childhood friends and they were amazed by the change in me. We spoke for hours about the Bible, the Messiah, and theological issues. In the end, one of my closest friends said to me, “Moran, we can debate and challenge theology all we want, but I cannot deny the light I see in your eyes.” While he was not ready to accept why my transformation had come about, he could not argue that there was really something different about me.
When we accept the Lord, we become a new creation. Nobody will be able to argue with this fact. The amazing thing that often happens as a result is that those who are still in darkness (spiritually speaking) will end up sharing God’s story of our lives (our testimony) with others! Why? Because the change is undeniable, and it amazes them!
What is God’s story in your life today? Are you keeping it to yourself or are you sharing it with others?
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