As I go through the four Gospels something that just hits me in the face is that when people meet Jesus they are radically changed. I mean they are not even close to who they were before that personal relationship with Christ was formed.
I like the story of the man who was born blind, Jesus heals this burden on society (John 9) and they argue and debate is this the same guy and finally, he says, “I am the man.”
My question is why don’t we see this today? Why don’t we see the addict no longer addicted? Why don’t we see the divorced single mom stop chasing men after they claim to know Jesus? Is it just me or does this keep other people up at night? Does the blood of Jesus still have that kind of transformational power in people’s lives? We all like justification but do we still believe in sanctification?
I’m not looking for perfection in people but I don’t see people struggling with their sin - it’s just out in the open, they are cool with it, they think you should be cool with it and they think Jesus is cool with it too. Listen, PSA: Jesus is not down with anybody’s sin - mine or yours. I don’t know about you but I’m like Adam & Eve when I sin, I want to run and hide. I know we have an advocate and if we confess our failures to God He is good to forgive (1st John 1:9) but come on man do we not have any shame in July of 2018?
Just so you know I’m not being self-righteous. I’m as jacked up as the next guy that sits in the pew on Sunday morning. I guess that’s why I love the story of the blind guy in John 9. At one point the uptight religious people question him, they ask, “Dude, how were eyes opened? Who healed you?” This former beggar responds to the cross-examination by saying, “One thing I … know, … I was blind, now I see (verse 25).” On a good day that’s about all I know, at best that’s my theology, all I know is I was blind and now I see! But that’s it I have vision, there's a contrast, I’m not the same. Rant over. Go and be different. He told me to tell you that.
Ken Ansell currently serves as a pastor and local missionary in small, rural Texas community. He plays lots of tennis and fly fishes when he can. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org