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Leap Before You Look

When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made the clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with clay. He said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing. John 9:6-7

As I read John chapter 9 tonight, a few things stuck out to me:

  • This man was blind from birth. He had no vision (vs. 1).

  • His blindness was not a punishment for something he nor his parents did (vs. 3).

  • Sometimes things will happen in your life simply because God will use it to reveal His power (vs. 3-5).

  • The man was anointed before he had vision (vs. 6).

  • The man was given direction before he had vision (vs. 7).

  • The man obeyed before he had vision (vs. 7).

  • The man came back with vision (vs. 7)

  • The man's healing directed others to Jesus (vs. 11-12).

So, here is why this passage of scripture sticks out to me. For the longest time, I've known and believed that God has a great plan for my life. I believe that I am destined to be one of those who will turn the world upside down for Jesus. Yet, while believing, I can't see how God plans to carry this thing out. I know where He's leading me but have no vision for how to get there. What hit me tonight is that I don't need to know the 'how' yet. Like the blind man, I am anointed! That may sound obnoxious to some, but I believe that knowing who you are in Christ is the first step. Guess what? I'm not the only one who is anointed, you are too! WE are chosen! WE were created for a specific purpose! WE are destined to be great! I will say it again, WE ARE ANOINTED and if we simply do as God instructs us to do, EVERYTHING ELSE will come.

One of the issues today is that we have so much access to information and it's easy to research and analyze things. That is a blessing and a curse. Yes, it's great to have information at our beck and call but that same freedom to access information has programmed us to see before we believe. We want to analyze the risks involved. We try to research God's plans to make sure they will succeed. We question ourselves: “If I do this thing, how many of my friends will think I'm nuts? Who will unfriend me on Facebook? If I quit my job to do what God is telling me, how will I make a living? What are the chances of failure?” We have all these questions because we are still blind to what God is doing.

In this above passage of scripture, Jesus told the blind man to go and wash his face in the pool called Siloam (Sent). I don't believe it's a coincidence that the name of the pool is translated 'Sent'. Jesus told the man 'Go to the place you were sent.' The blind man didn't ask how to get there or why that pool or who was going to guide him there. He went to Sent! No questions asked. He then did as Jesus instructed and washed his face. As he washed, the clay was removed from his eyes and he received his healing.

What if the process of blind obedience to God is what it takes to wash us and remove the clay that has blinded us for years? Maybe the reason we can't see the vision is because we haven't been obedient. Maybe your healing is in the place you were SENT! This man just went to where he was sent. He started to walk without a road map. He took steps without being able to see. My dear friends, that is called FAITH!

Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things NOT SEEN! You should read Hebrews 11 sometime. It’s known as the 'Hall of Fame of Faith.' Like this blind man, many of the great leaders in the Bible blindly followed God's direction without knowing what the result would be. They all had to take a leap before they were able to see what God was really doing and yet, they all became great men and women of God. These men who could not see, did what Jesus said, then returned WITH vision AND are known as testimonies of the power of Christ.

If, like me, God has been tugging at your heart strings and leading you in an unknown direction, I encourage to take that leap without looking. Trust that God knows what He is doing, and He will never fail you. Have faith that God is able to do above ALL that we could ask or think. Know that HE IS GOD! Take that step today. Do not delay any longer.

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