Share the light…

John 9:1-12

Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.  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. And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.

Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, “Is not this he who sat and begged?”

Some said, “This is he.” Others said, “He is like him.”

He said, “I am he.”

Therefore they said to him, “How were your eyes opened?”

He answered and said, “A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.”

Then they said to him, “Where is He?”

He said, “I do not know.”

 Obedience brought healing.  Repeat:  obedience brings healing.  This man did as he was told and he was blessed for that.  The work of God was displayed in his life.  His eyes were opened that he might see and others around him were affected by that blessing as well.  Our eyes can be opened, God’s work can be displayed in our life as we are blessed for being obedient.  The eyes of the spirit can receive sight to see and understand the message sent to us by God for salvation from the wages of sin in our lives.  Jesus was the touch.  Jesus states he is the light of the world and God’s work must be done in the light.  “while it is day…”as long as we have access to Christ we will work the work he gives us.  He informs us that night is coming when we can’t.  He is the light by which we work, he is the light that gives the day in which to work. That work is living the life he gives, sharing the life he gives, passing on the blessing that he gives, being a part of the light that he is, so that  spiritual eyes around us that are blind may be opened to see his glory and receive his blessing as well.

Ready to work?…Think again…

Matthew 10:1-10 

He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. 2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. 5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. 7 As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. 9 Do not take along any gold or silver or copper in your belts; 10 take no bag for the journey, or extra tunic, or sandals or a staff; for the worker is worth his keep.

At first glance this is what I see:

  1. Go first to Israel
  2. Take nothing with you
    1. No money
    2. No clothes
    3. No food
    4. No staff
    5. No sandals
  3. Share the message
  4. Heal the sick
  5. Raise the dead
  6. Cleanse the leper
  7. Drive out demons

This is a passage I’ve paid little attention to or so it seems.  I noted that the disciples have spent time with Jesus, listening, watching and now they were to put it into practice. Today we would call this a practicum experience.  You take your courses, listen to the professors, take your exams, and do a practicum.  Practice what you’ve been taught.  The first item the disciples were taught was to let go of material goods and dependency on earth bound drives.  Then they were given authority to spread the word, do the deeds of Jesus.

So first leave all material possessions behind.  Take no money, no change of clothes, no staff for protection and assistance with walking, no sandals.  It was expected they would be fed, given a place to rest, given clothes as needed, given a new staff when needed, given new sandals when needed.  Their physical needs were to be met, their place of rest provided, and their transportation taken care of.

Jesus final words in this passage are: The worker is worth his keep.  Do we take that charge seriously?

Questions that come to mind: How well do we keep our workers?  Grumble as the plate is passed?  Do we hear the charge given to the people of God to care for the workers of God? Are we willing to be His vessels to provide as He prompts?  Are we able to let go of material stuff and totally rely on God to provide? 

In this group where do we find ourselves?  Are we given the assignment to go and share the message? Are we given the assignment to provide for those who do?  How well do we carry out that assignment?  Where are we on the continuum of growth?  Are we still sitting at the feet of Jesus, listening.  Still in the classroom?  Have we learned to unload the material possessions we seem to feel we need to have?  Are we learning to turn off the drive to have?  Are we learning to rely totally on God’s provision?  It’s hard to let go of stuff, it’s hard to let go of being strong, earning our keep, our independence…Greater things than these?…will we see them?…if we are still sitting at His feet, listening, watching, and haven’t made it to our ‘practicum’ yet?