Our greatest mission as Christians is to do what Jesus did: Seek and save the lost. But at the same time, our greatest mission as humans is to know Him and to make Him known. (Ephesians 1:17-19) Those two actions are entwined, yet completely separate. Plenty of people make the name of Jesus known without really knowing Him, and plenty of people know Him, but never make Him known to others. Our calling is to walk in the fullness of those two missions we have been given during our time on earth. And, even though you may never hear the world ask, they most certainly are asking, even in the depths of what may seem like the hardest heart – the whole world is asking what the man born blind asked: “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?”
Ecclesiastes 3:11 says that the Lord has put “eternity into the human heart,” and Proverbs 20:27 says, “The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the heart.” Everyone who draws breath desires to connect with God, even if they never do. It is hardwired into your very being, intricately entwined into your spiritual DNA as a child of God to desire a connection with someone or something on a spiritual level and worship is what forges that deeper connection – even if all you ever do is connect with and worship yourself. This is why the lost feel such an emptiness inside – because only God can fill the space He has made for Himself within the human heart! This is why we, as Christians, must know Him and make Him known. Knowing Jesus Christ in a more intimate, personal way, which is facilitated through worship, is a primary point of connection that the enemy wants to break because he knows that dwelling within God’s presence is the key to his defeat.
The Man Born Blind Needed Spiritual Vision, too
In John chapter 9, when Jesus healed the man born blind, the man didn’t even know who Jesus was! When later asked what had happened, the man said, “A Man called Jesus made clay, anointed my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went away and washed, and I received my sight.” Yet , after the Pharisees had thrown him out of the temple for insisting that Jesus was a Man from God, Jesus said to the blind man, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” Why would Jesus ask the man if he believed in the Son of God, when the man had just been miraculously healed by the Son of God? Because, while the man was physically able to see, he was still spiritually blind.
When Jesus asked if he believed in the Son of God, the man didn’t just immediately say, “Of course I do!” Why? Because even the Pharisees believed in the idea of the “Son of God” – they just did not believe that Jesus was that Person! Instead, the man answered with this very profound question: “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen Him, and it is He who speaks with you.” (John 9:37) Jesus pointed two very different experiences the man had just had: 1) You have seen Him; and 2) It is He who speaks with you. Plenty of people “see” Jesus and experience His power, but they are unable to recognize it because they are spiritual blinded. But once Jesus opened the physical eyes of the man born blind, his spiritual eyes were opened too and he was able to understand that it was Jesus Christ, the Son of God who was speaking to him.
The desire of the man born blind, after his healing encounter with Jesus, was to know Him more. The desire to know Jesus more must be the driving force and the motivating factor for everything in the lives of those who follow Him because everything else flows out of that. God can take care of the miracles you need, but do you have eyes to see Him? Many do not, yet He is always working, healing, moving, answering, listening, and transforming. Many believe in Jesus Christ, but cannot see Him. The man who had been healed told everyone about, “A Man called Jesus” and yet still asked, “Who is He, that I may believe in Him?” Time spent with the Lord in worship, the Word and in prayer will open your eyes more and more, day after day, to know Him and to make Him known. In their heart of hearts, the world desires to worship someone or something and they need to see Jesus. They want a reason, proof, eye witness testimony – and you have it all!
Thought for today: The Man Born Blind Had Eyes to See
Gratitude is the point of origin for worship. Jesus healed plenty of people, like the ten lepers, but not everyone bothered to thank Him or worship Him. Why? Because they could not “see” what He had done nor could they “see” who He really was! “Restore to me the joy of my salvation,” David wrote. (Psalm 51:12) If you’ve been walking around blinded to joy, peace, gratitude, victory and all the other things Jesus bought for you, ask Him to show you: Who are You, Lord, that I may believe in You? Jesus wants to open your eyes!!
You believed Him for salvation, but sometimes believing for the rest is a challenge in part because of your flesh, in part because of a lack of knowledge of the Word and in part because of the attacks of Satan. Here’s what happened next in the blind man’s story: “…Then he said, ‘Lord, I believe.’ And he worshipped Him.” Worship will always be a part of your winning strategy in every situation. If you want to see: Worship. If you want to know: Read. If you want to understand: Pray. If you want to win: do all three.
The Lord Wants to Continue to Show You Who He Really is! Read More Here:
- “The Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, is a Lion in Disguise”
- “The Supernatural Power of Praise”
- “Jesus Christ, the Rock of Your Salvation”
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