17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again.
Acts 9:17-18, New International Version
Many followers of Jesus suffer from people-blindness, just like others who suffer from colour blindness.
People-blindness prevents us from seeing and meeting the needs of others who are socially or culturally different from ourselves. The Judaizers are a good example of that. They were Jewish believers who wanted Gentiles believers to become more like Jews through adopting a Jewish identity and observing the Jewish customs and practices. The Apostle Paul would not have it, and he fought vigorously to assure Gentile believers that they were accepted by God on the basis of the gospel and they were part of the church without reservation.
People-blindness is one key reason why churches are not actively engaging in mission and being intentional in disciple-making. One important question you must ask yourself, “Do I have any people blindness in me?”
We need to see people as Jesus sees people.
When Paul’s eyes were opened, he took the gospel to the Gentiles, which was something that he would not have done if he was still a Pharisee. His upbringing and religious education didn’t permit him to do so. The gospel empowers us to do more than we ever imagined. Whatever perceived or insurmountable differences we think that separates us from others or keeps us from them have been successfully overcome by Christ. It rests on us to be ambassadors for Christ and to engage in the ministry of reconciliation.
What an incredible assignment we have from the Father. Imagine waking up every day and you ask Him one question, “Lord, who are sending me to where you are already at work and what should I say to them?” Then, just trust God to orchestrate your steps and open doors of opportunity for you.
You may ask, “What if nothing happens today?” Well, pray the same tomorrow, and the next day and the next. However, I am fully persuaded that it would be too long that you see God’s hands at work.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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