‘Probing Deeper’ Meditations: 21. Blindness?
Mk 10:51 “The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
We are sentient human beings, creatures with five senses, with the ability to be aware of what goes on around us – and sometimes what goes on inside us. The person who has been blind from birth only knows about ‘sight’ because of others around them who clearly see and when that happens there is the yearning ‘to see’.
We are focusing on this same thing – perception, sight, the ability to see – as we probe deeper, nudging our thinking to go beyond surface, shallow thinking. The first thing about the blind man in our starter verse was that he knew he was blind. The only thing about blindness – if you’ve always been blind – is that you don’t know what you’re missing.
When it comes to the life of the Church we have a sketchy idea of what the early church was like but the crucial ‘map’ or ‘plan’ is the life and ministry of Jesus. Are we like him, are we doing what he did like he told us to do? (Mt 28:20, Jn 14:12) There is a sense we’ll never know this reality until he comes either in revival power into the world or renewal power in the Church, and even then it will never be perfect this side of death. We are, in a sense, groping about in the dark! We need the power of the Spirit and the revelation of the Spirit to even just get us under way, otherwise we are just performing rituals, following rules.
We might ask ourselves, are we unknowing like the church at Laodicea – Rev 3:17,18 who thought they were alright until the Lord of the Church came and challenged them. The lovey thing about that letter to the last of the seven churches, was that it concludes with Jesus saying he wanted to come into their lives in a new intimate way. He may have said he had even thought of spewing them out of his mouth (Rev 3:16) but his greater desire was to enter into a deeper, more intimate relationship with them (Rev 3:20) – and you and me.
The second thing about this blind man of our starter verse, was he was fed up with being blind and wanted to see. I hear around the church these sounds of people saying they want more than they had as ‘church’ prior to the Pandemic. Healthy sounds! The third thing was that he was convinced that Jesus could help him see. Are we part of the complacent church of today that is content with lack of revelation – His word rarely comes alive and excites us, we are scared at the thought of prophecy being let loose among us – as one version put it in Samuel’s day: “a message from the Lord was rare …. revelatory visions were infrequent.” It’s time to let God speak, it’s time to let Jesus loose in our lives and in the Church so that he can make us what he came to make us!