I was reading from John 9:1-6 last week and something hit me about Jesus, his work ethic. I have read numerous books, articles and opinions on the work week and the knowledge input are coming out of my ears on how to strategize my day (by the way, I will add to that overload at some point). Notice in verse 4 he says
We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. – John 9:4 ESV
Jesus was speaking to his disciples openly about the coming of the crucifixion and that his earthly ministry was here and it was time to work while He was still on the earth. He then mentions that the night is coming when no one can work. Jesus set a deadline for the work. While I would love to reflect on life balance and how Jesus even knew the limitations of time while on earth, there is something even tinier here we could miss. The blind man was a setup!
Jesus told his disciples that this man born blind was not so because of sin, his parents or anything except the will of God to show the power of God. Here is verse 3:
Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. – John 9:3 ESV
Boom! I almost read over it as I have done for years, pull it out for a cool sermon that God is in control and even suffering can be for the glory of God, have an altar call and move on. Then I got stuck on work aspect. You and I are called to work the harvest, and that is not just salvation of the lost, which is really good.
So you walk into work one day and your boss tells you to walk around the building and take inventory and everything with a green sticker is yours to take home and do with as you please. There is the one person who will hunt down every green sticker making sure they get what is theirs to take. Then there is the person who walks around and convinces themselves that boss is selfish and there is no green stickers and does very little of anything. Then there is the one person who comes in, prioritizes the inventory task and is sure to be detailed enough to check for green stickers as the job is accomplished. Who is the good employee? I would venture to say the third one is.
When we are confronted with the opportunity to God’s work, we have the choice to 1. seek the opportunities that bless us the most right now 2. take on an attitude of false humility and do little work at all 3. Do as Jesus asked of us and get blessed along the way.
The blind man was a setup, a freebie of sorts for the disciples to see the power of God. Our job is people, not a passion! The disciples would have easily overlooked the blind man since he was that way from birth and the impossible was overshadowed by their belief that the blind man did something wrong. I do that all the time; we do that. Jesus is not asking us to go out into the world and find out who is worthy of freedom, just offer it to all. God has setups (opportunities) for us not to use our power but to see God’s power to free others. May you be encouraged to set the captives free!