5/26/16: What Were You Born With?

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It is said that a person born with a silver spoon in her mouth has had all the advantages supplied for her. She basically hasn’t had to work for much. Born into a family with means, everything has been handed to her. Well, most of us probably don’t fit into that category. In fact, considering the number of counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists doing quite well in family practice, I deduce that quite a few of us were born not only without financial wealth, but also lacking other vital commodities. Perhaps there’s a physical handicap, an emotional shortcoming, or a mental deficiency. A broken home or abusive relationship could be the issue. In short, all of us, even the silver spoon biters, were born with something to deal with.

John 9:1-3 tells us of a man in a predicament he had since birth. “Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ Jesus answered, ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him’” (NKJ). The story goes on to tell about how Jesus made clay, put it on the man’s eyes, and told him to go wash it off. Upon the man’s obedience to those directions, he returned able to see. Of course, everyone was astonished by this very observable change of fortune for this man. The miracle was obvious. This was “little Johnny” who had grown up in the town and in the synagogue. Everyone knew the family with the blind kid, just like they knew the other families in the church. Now here was “Johnny,” seeing everyone and everything for the first time. When the miracle was doubted by the Pharisees, the man’s answer was simple. “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see” John 9:15 (NKJ).

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” Hebrews 13:8 (NKJ). It doesn’t matter what problem we were born with, or what situation we were born into; Jesus is still in the miracle-working business and can provide a “clay” and an instruction for our healing and/or deliverance. God is not punishing us with the problems with which we were born. To the contrary, we were born with our issues so that the works of God may be revealed through us as we yield them to the Lord’s mighty hand.

What were you born with? Stop blaming your parents or yourself. Surrender that issue to the Lord, receive his comforting “clay,” and submit to his “washing” directions. You too will return “seeing.”

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2 Responses to “5/26/16: What Were You Born With?”

  1. It takes two eyes to make a pair.

  2. The only character trait that all human beings have in common is that we are all born in the image of God. Beyond that; however, we are all unique beings. When we become Christians, God the Father sends the Holy Spirit to dwell within us and provide each Child of God with Spiritual gifts. Some people look a Christians and believe that we are missing so much in life. Just the opposite is true. Only through a deep abiding relationship with God can we become all that God wants us to become. I reflect on John 10: 10 where Jesus is quoted as stating, “The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy; however, Jesus came so that all God’s Children will live life to the full.

    Human beings are not able to have descendants who possess all the character traits that they desire. As just one example, examine the lineage of King David. While he was perhaps the greatest king in the history of Israel, his son King Solomon failed to produce offspring who would rule Israel with the purpose of maintaining a united kingdom whose people were faithful to God. In virtually all monarchies around the world throughout history direct descendants of the king rarely maintained benevolent rule from one generation to the next.This underscores the fact that human beings when left to their own will and ways rarely please God and/or their subjects.

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