August 14, 2020
He replied, “Whether he [Jesus] is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”
Many Christians feel an anxious twinge or two when we hear the word “witness”. We don’t like to admit it, but many of us generally feel like a fish out of water when it comes to sharing our faith. We feel unskilled, untrained or just downright inept. We wonder if we’re effective at all, and we certainly don’t do it as often as we think we should. (And maybe some of those things are true.)
But being a witness is actually pretty easy, if you think about how a courtroom works. What do witnesses do? Witnesses simply and honestly tell what they saw, what they heard, what they experienced. Witnesses are not the prosecution, nor are they the defense. They don’t have to know every detail, and they don’t have to figure out unknown things. They are responsible for just one thing: Tell us what happened! Tell us what you know.
Today’s verse has always been a great source of comfort for me. I love what the (formerly) blind man proclaims: “Hey, look, I don’t have all the answers. I don’t know if that guy is a sinner or not. I just know one thing: He spit and put mud on my eyes and it healed me! I used to be BLIND, but now I can SEE! Isn’t that wonderful? Isn’t that amazing and unbelievable?”
And so it is with us. We don’t have to have all the answers either (and we never will anyway!). There will always be a lot we don’t understand about this Christian life. But we can always say what the healed man said: “I don’t have an answer right now for this or for that, but I can say this: Here’s what God has done in my life! Here’s how I’ve seen Him alive, active and changing lives, including mine.” No pressure, no judgment, no right or wrong response. Just… “Here’s what I know.”
Perhaps today is a good day to review your testimony. What do you know God has done in your life, either now or in the past? How would you approach that question if you had an opportunity today to share with someone else? Let’s pray for God to free us anew so that we might be joyful witnesses for Him – not out of pressure or duty, but out of gratefulness for changed lives!