When Our Lord was met by the road by a blind man begging. “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Luke 18.38) Over and over the man called out to Jesus for mercy. “Son of David, have mercy on me!” FINALLY, Jesus asked, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Luke 18.41) The man only wanted to be able to see. “Receive your sight, your faith has made you well.” (Luke 18.42) The miracle isn’t the only important thing to hear in this Gospel story.
We know Jesus can heal us. We know Jesus can forgive us. We know Jesus has the power to do for us, what we need Him to do. Today I want us to focus on what happened after God healed the man. “And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people when they saw it, gave praise to God.” (Luke 18.43)
We have all witnessed the power of God, if we take a moment and consider the blessings that God has given us. Whether it was physical healing, or the healing of a relationship, we all have a story we could share about God’s mercy in our life. I’m often hearing stories about “answered prayers” sometimes even from complete strangers. It is what happens AFTER God has helped us that matters more than the miracle. It is what we choose to do AFTER we have been healed that matters. It how we choose to live AFTER God has rescued us that really matters.
In the Gospel, we are told the man followed Jesus, glorifying God. The Greek word, “δοξάζων” is an action verb. The man didn’t just glorify God once but was “glorifying” Him continually. If this man had simply turned, thanked Jesus, and walked away otherwise unchanged, the story would have been unimportant. Instead, the interaction between the man and Jesus CHANGED the way the man lived, and his new life inspired others to praise God as the story also says.
Each of us have been blessed by God, but has the encounter changed the way we live? Has being blessed by God, whether it was a miracle or not, created the ACTION within us to be constantly glorifying God, so that others could see God’s love? Remember, it isn’t what happens when God blesses us. It matters how we are changed after God blesses us.
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