Work To Do
Monday - March 23 - Read John 9:1-4
(Daily Devotions are connected to the sermon from the previous Sunday, March 22.)
As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.
This story is first and foremost about Jesus. But notice in verse 4 that he says, “We.” After his resurrection Jesus commissioned his followers to do what he had been doing, forgiving sins and giving mercy (John 20:19-23). Here, the disciples were curious about the cause of this man’s blindness, but Jesus was not. Think of a father who is not focused on why his child broke her leg, but on giving her the care she needs! The delivery of God’s one-way grace and love to those in need is what Jesus calls “the works of God.” The blind man does not “work” for God’s love. God’s love “works” in him. We, too, have “work” to go and give away one-way love, forgiveness, and mercy!
Dear Heavenly Father, help me to do the work of loving those in need. Remove from my heart the desire to condemn and judge and give me a heart of mercy and grace. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit to do the work of forgiving sins and reconciling people to You. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
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