22-23 They arrived at Bethsaida. Some people brought a sightless man and begged Jesus to give him a healing touch. Taking him by the hand, he led him out of the village. He put spit in the man’s eyes, laid hands on him, and asked, “Do you see anything?”Mark 8:22-26
24-26 He looked up. “I see men. They look like walking trees.” So Jesus laid hands on his eyes again. The man looked hard and realized that he had recovered perfect sight, saw everything in bright, twenty-twenty focus. Jesus sent him straight home, telling him, “Don’t enter the village.”
Last night at our February First Wednesday, we talked about the promise we as a church are proclaiming this year:
This will be your best year ever IF it’s your best year spiritually.
From the text above, we pulled out three thoughts that will happen if you choose to pursue God with all your heart this year.
1. Not everyone will make the trip.
Bethsaida was a city with a history n Jesus’ ministry. He had told them there would be no more miracles because they did not believe. The point of Jesus’ ministry was not to do miracles. The miracles were to point to His Messiahship. The people of Bethsaida had lost that and just enjoyed the show. When you think about this, it is possible that the people who brought the blind man to Jesus might not have been friends. They could have been people who were still trying to see a show.
After Jesus held this man he sent the previously blind man home in a different direction. To me, this can help us understand that not everyone who starts the journey with you will end with you. Only Jesus knows the motives around the blind man but there was something there that prompted Jesus to have him take a different route home.
When you make a decision to pursue God, not everyone will agree. That’s why being involved in a LifeGroup is so important. You need people who are also pursuing God around you so you can run together.
2. It will be a process.
Jesus went through more steps with this guy than usual. While there is nothing ‘usual’ about a miracle, this is the only time he went through so many steps. He had the man follow him for a while, he spit in the guys face, he talked about what he saw, then he did it again, then the guy was healed, then he told him how to get home. Wow. That is a lot of steps.
The journey Jesus will take you on from a place of complacency to a place to spirit health does not happen overnight. It is also not a straight line. It moves and weaves with mountaintop experiences and valley wanderings. It will take longer than you expect and cost more than you thought. However, it is always worth it.
3. Jesus never leaves you half done.
My favorite part of this story is the fact that Jesus did not stop even though the miracle was not instantaneous. He stayed and worked with the man until He was healed.
In the process of becoming spiritually healthy, there will be times when God has to expose or bring to light things that are sometimes painful. You can trust the fact that Jesus will not leave you half done. How terrible it would have been for the blind man to have been partially healed! Jesus did not do that. He stayed until it was complete. That is exactly what He wants to do with you.