Like a Blind Man - from Kenya

Like a Blind Man

During a time several years ago, when I had lost my vision for God’s purpose for my life, I happened to read the story in John 9 where Jesus healed a man born blind. After Jesus’ highly unusual act of spitting on the ground and anointing the man’s eyes with clay (v.6), He gave the man specific instructions: “…Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent)…” (v.7). The result was dramatic: “So he went and washed. And came back seeing.”

Although I had read that passage several times before, I never saw the significance of the fact that the name of the pool Jesus said to wash in, the pool of Siloam, meant “sent.” Immediately it struck me: I had the same need as the blind man. Rather than wallowing in self-pity, I needed a good bath in the pool that symbolizes being sent out to do it.

Siloam typifies a place to gain vision. My lack of vision was largely the result of straying from the pool. I had instead been hanging out at the pools of discouragement, complaining and excuses. Like the blind man, I had adopted some attitudes that needed to be washed away in the pool of Siloam.

I have the feeling that I’m not the only one who needs a fresh dose of vision. Much of the church today is, in effect, vision-less. Like the blind man, we have sat waiting for pity, when our real need is to be gripped again by the reality of our mission---to take the kingdom of God to a needy world. Rather than sitting and waiting for Jesus return, we are sent to reap a harvest and give food to His household until He comes.

While some would debate whether or not there are modern day apostles, one thing is sure: God’s intention was, is, and always will be that the true church be apostolic, extending ourselves outward toward the fulfillment of the Great Commission. When our apostolic component is relinquished, whether we use the term “apostolic” or not, the church has lost its vision.

Former FGBMFA Greenville Chapter Member – Craig LaBarbera -African Gospel Outreach Mission in