“And as He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, the man or his parents, that he should be born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents, but it was in order that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of Him who sent Me, as long as it is day; night is coming when no man can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
When He said this, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and applied the clay to his eyes, and said to him, “Go wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). And so he went away and washed, and came back seeing. John 9:1-7
Why is anyone born the way they are? No one is born with absolute perfection. Yes, some family situations and societies are better to live in than others, but even the best have some deficits. These disciples concluded that “sin” was the culprit. But Jesus corrected them and said this man was born this way “in order that the works of God might be displayed.”
Could it be we all have some deficit(s) that lie unhealed and untouched? Could these conditions go on for years while we personally cope with them the best we can. Then the day comes when the Savior shows up unannounced with simply a word, touch, and a command of obedience. We simply do what He says and in that moment our physical, emotional, psychological, or social issues are totally cured. The Savior vanishes and we are left wondering “why now” and “where is He?”
The only answer is “that the glory of God might be revealed in us.”
I have never met anyone who didn’t have some deficit, scar, trauma, issue, or problem. These issues in some way disqualified them for “premiere” service in God’s Kingdom. Isn’t this what most really believe. God has a cast of premiere servants or subjects that are “without spot or wrinkle“? Most of us do not fit the bill. We are most akin to the blind man in John 9, who needs healing.
I submit to you… You are born the way you are “that the glory of God might be revealed in you.” There is glory in your deficits, shortcomings, scars, and traumas. I believe somewhere inside your most hideous handicaps the Father Himself is waiting to reveal:
- your true identity;
- your actual inheritance; and
- power and authority.
The pool here is called Siloam, translated Sent. Most people are stuck here at a place called Sent. They say things like, “God sent this to me. God sent this disease on me. God sent this trauma, sickness, or handicap. I am made to suffer because God sent this on me.” In the physical some conditions look worse to our eyes more than others. Sometimes we all are made to feel our personal crosses are too much to bear. But the point is that God never intended for any of us to stay at the place called Sent. His glory will never be revealed until we wash the “sent” off or until we grow past the place where we blame the Father for everything that has gone wrong in our lives.
There is glory in you waiting to be revealed by a revelatory word from the Lord. Lay aside your anger, pain, excuses, and seek the Lord for His word. Allow His word to wash over you. He is waiting to reveal Himself to you today!