Active Faith

November 15, 2018

John 9:39… Jesus said, “For judgment, I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.

              Did Jesus come to make those, who can see, blind? He said that. He had just healed a blind man. The reaction of the Pharisees opened the door for this conversation. Jesus spoke of two sets of eyes. We might know them as physical eyes that show us the world around us and the eyes of our heart that show us the world of God. The Pharisees had physical eyes and they considered that they could see. Jesus called them blind, which angered them. Jesus had healed the man on a Sabbth, which they could see was not possibly from God because God would not disobey His own commandment about the Sabbath… a commandment which they observed carefully. They had stared at the commandment so much that they lost sight of why it was given. It was not given just so that one day a week would be different from all the others. In Galatians we learn, “The Law was a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ.” So, the commandment about the Sabbath was to lead us to Christ, the Lord of the Sabbath.

The world says: “I’ll believe it when I see it.”

God says, “You’ll see it when you believe it.”

            Faith is the active ingredient in God’s world.

Hebrews 11:1… Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

            When the eyes of our hearts see God at work, our physical eyes can see the world differently. When we are only convinced of what our physical eyes can see, our faith is asleep/dead. Jesus said, “We are blind.” Physical blindness is debilitating in the world. Faithlessness is devastating in both the world and in God’s kingdom.

            Don’t be consumed with worldly vision. Worldly vision cannot see Jesus.

He no longer has a physical presence here. He does have a spiritual presence in which we can only see Him by faith. Pray that your faith fail not. When you sing, “I see the Lord,” you are singing of active faith. Be sure you “have it.”