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Life is a messy mission! It doesn’t unfold neatly and in order. And life is full of challenging circumstances and difficult people. Sound about right? If your mission is to turn messy into marvelous, I have good news. It’s a short trip!
Your life may be messy, but you’re not blind. You’re reading this post. Life could be messier! It would be more difficult if you’d been born blind. Don’t think of 21st century blindness. Try to imagine being blind in the first century. Even then the journey from messy to marvelous was only three steps. Here they are…
Mission: Messy to Marvelous – Purpose
A man born blind took the first step toward marvelous when he discovered his purpose. The story of his transformation is filled with purpose. Jesus and His disciples were walking and talking among themselves. As they approached the blind man, the disciples asked a question about him and his purpose:
Why was this man born blind?
Apparently, within an arm’s reach of the blind man, Jesus answered their question without speaking to the blind man. But the blind man heard his life’s purpose (and ours!) in Jesus’ answer,
That the works of God might be displayed in him.
That man’s life seemed insignificant to everyone around him. But God had a purpose for his life. He has one for you, too! Life can’t be truly marvelous unless it’s lived with purpose. And the only meaningful, lasting purpose comes from our Creator Father. His Word tells us His purposes for us are always for our good and His glory.
Mission: Messy to Marvelous – the “O” word
You’ll figure it out, but this step can’t be avoided. The blind man’s second step is wrapped in irony. Jesus, the One sent from God, made mud and put it on the blind man’s eyes. Then Jesus sent the blind man to the pool called Sent. Jesus had purpose: He was sent. The blind man found purpose and was sent. What do the two have in common? Both of them obeyed. They went. And if we want to leave messy in our rearview mirrors, we have to get comfortable with obeying!
Mission: Messy to Marvelous – Tell
The first miracle happened when the man washed His eyes in obedience to Jesus’ instructions. The second miracle is how an uneducated, formerly blind man could confound the pompous preachers of his day. We make this last step much too complicated.
God’s purpose for all of us is to display His power in our lives. We are sent to show and tell anyone and everyone what He has done. We may not have more answers than the blind man, but others will find the way from messy to marvelous if we will say with him:
One thing I do know, I was blind but now I see!
There are some incredible connection between John’s Gospel and the book of Genesis. Each book begins with: In the beginning… And it is in John’s Gospel that Jesus connects faith in Him with believing what Moses wrote. That’s a big statement and one we should be careful to note. What did Moses write? The first 5 books of the Bible. And that’s another connection to Genesis.
The more I grow in my own faith, and the more I have opportunity to teach others, the clearer I see the importance of studying Genesis. But I won’t make that statement and simply leave you hanging! This ministry is about equipping for life. So, if you’d like to take a dive into the study of Genesis, click HERE or on the cover image for our course: Genesis: The Essential Nature Of The Beginning. It’s laid out in modules of 5 lessons each. In this case, studying the Word will further your mission of moving life from messy to marvelous and it will support our mission of Equipping For Life!