“He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?” He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.”
– Mark 8:23-25
I like this story a lot, notice the tenderness of Jesus in dealing with this man. He did not just “minister” and walk away as many of us would do. He asked, “what do you see?” He wanted to know if the man’s situation was actually better.
Often times we help people in a “one off” manner and let them go and we never even bother to find out if our “assistance” actually made their situation better.
Jesus compassion and care was genuine. When he discovered the man had not yet fully recovered, he did not scold him for not having faith as some would have done. He simply repeated his ministration. He was so friendly that the blind man was under no pressure to pretend.
Sometimes we could be so harsh all in the name of faith that people in pain around us pretend all is well so they may be spared our scathing comments.
Read this story again and embrace the spirit of care and compassion that Jesus had. The gentleness of heart that attracted people with need.
We attract too many “well-off” people because they are convenient companions. True love attracts people with pain…people who you can make a real difference in their lives.
Don’t focus on doing just anything , but rather on making a real difference in the lives God brings your way.
In Jesus Name I declare I walk in love. I love everyone with the love of God. I have the mind of Christ. I am difficult to offend, I am compassionate and kind-