We Have A Purpose In This World

John 9:4-6 – “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay.

Our lives are busy and often our chaotic schedules, especially during this time of year, cause us to overlook those around us. As followers of Jesus, we are placed where we can recognize brokenness and to do something about it. We must slow down because people cannot and should not be ignored.

One day Jesus saw a man who was born blind. At that time, people believed that if someone had a physical ailment, the person’s parents must have committed some sin to bring forth such a punishment for their child. Yet Jesus stated that neither the man nor his parents had done anything to deserve blindness. Jesus then healed the man of this malady that had afflicted him since birth.

In this instance, Jesus revealed His heart for people. In the midst of His busy day, Jesus stopped to care for the blind man. Jesus showed His disciples what it looks like to be the light. He saw a need and He stepped up to help. What does it look like for Christians today to do the same?

As Christians we may not be able to heal blinded eyes but we can share the good news of the One who can. We can also share the light of Jesus by simply meeting a small need or lending an ear to someone that is hurting or taking the time to pray with someone who is down.  

May we ask God to give us the heart of Jesus, to care for people even in the midst of our busy schedules, so that people can be drawn to the light of Jesus wherever we go.

Dale Hendricks
Senior Pastor
Shady Grove Baptist Church
Cherryville, NC

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