Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Eyes of Faith

I am not sure how it happened; however, it happened.  They didn’t have much food to share . . . but a young couple decided to share what they had with a single mom and her kids.  They shared . . .  and still had leftovers for their own family.  
It did not look like they had much to begin with . . .
it turned out that there was not just enough . . .
but more than enough.
When you get down to it . . . we often don't see . . .  until we see through faith. 
Look at the blind man that Luke writes about in chapter 18 of his book.
It was usual for blind people to beg on the side of the roads in Jesus' day. 
A blind man . .. sitting on the side of the road from Jerusalem to Jericho . . .
heard the sounds of a crowd coming down the road . . . and asked what was happening. 
He was told that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. 
The way the individuals  identified Jesus was common . . . to connect a name of individual with the name of the hometown . . . so it was a common, ordinary introduction.

The thing is . . .  Luke made it clear, the man was blind, unable to physically see; however, he could see by faith. 
He persistently called out for mercy . . . more than once . . . 
identifying Jesus as the hoped for Messiah . . .
the One . . .

the Anointed One,
the One anointed to save. 
Jesus stopped what he was doing when he heard the man's persistent call
and asked for the man to be brought to him. 
The blind man clearly knew what he wanted . . . and said it to Jesus:
"Lord, I want to see," he replied.
Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has healed you."
 (from Luke 18:35-42)  

The blind man was told  to receive sight.  He did.
Luke, the doctor, explained the reason the blind man could see: he had eyes of faith.  

So what does Luke 18:35-42 mean to you and I?

A blind man had no position or power in the ancient days . . . and yet . . . he received more than many  . . .
who have had the highest position, possession, and power in the world.
We, too, have the opportunity to receive the healing of Christ.
And, when we listen to Christ . . . and take others to Him . . .

as others brought the blind man to Christ . . .
we become a part of the movement of God as the soul is healed . . . and eyes of faith are received.

Experience the power that makes the blind see.

Learning with you to KICK START the day . . . with eyes of faith.
                                      Pastor Kerrie

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