How Often Have we Been Mud?

17 Apr

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud (John 9:1-6)

What is mud? It’s dirt and water mixed together, or in this particular case, dirt and saliva mixed together. There’s nothing particularly special about mud. It doesn’t have any inherent magical properties. It’s just mud. Yet Jesus chooses to use this to make the blind man see. I think it’s reasonable to ask, why? Why not just snap His fingers and make the man see? Because He was trying to give us a lesson. The lesson being: God wants to use the lowly things of the World to shame the wise, to put it in Paul’s terms. God used a cross to provide the means for freedom from slavery to everyone, and He uses us to help open the eyes of the blind… or, at least, He’s trying to. The question is, are we allowing ourselves to be used?

Yes, we love to look at the fruit of the lives of pastors, and of famous preachers, and examine their lives. But is God using us? What fruit are we producing? Is He putting us on the eyes of the blind? Well, He is, it’s just we don’t always want to go where He places us. See, we aren’t just mud. We’re mud that God chose to animate, give a Spirit, mind, and intellect to; we know when we’re being placed on blind eyes, and we don’t always like it. So I suppose the real question is, are we allowing God to put us where He wants us, or are we fighting Him?

Our over-riding goal in life shouldn’t be, “how much money can we make?” or, “when can we move to…?”, or any other Earthly desire. Our goal should be to simply let God lead us where He desires us to be, wherever that may be.

The point being this: don’t fight with God. He’ll always come out victorious, without fail. So how much better to just submit to Him?

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland


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