Opportunity to Shine
Jesus answered “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; [the] night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” John 9:3-5 (NKJV)
One of the clearer truths embodied in any of Jesus’ miracles was the one taught by His restoration of sight – a miracle He performed apparently numerous times. On one occasion, He articulated that truth with special clarity. Asked to weigh in on whose sin was responsible for a man’s being born blind, Jesus tersely said, ”Nobody’s.” Then He added “But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world,” and He promptly gave sight to one who had never seen.
Who can miss the lesson? Jesus is the source and power of spiritual sight, the ability to see and know God, the perception of what is really true, and really real! The gospel we preach to the world proclaims that Jesus is the one people need so they can live life to its fullest and see eternal life beyond.
However, do no miss the other truth in this story. Looking at a man born blind, some people focused on sin and looked for someone to blame. But Jesus saw the man’s need not as an occasion to condemn him for being in darkness, but as an opportunity to bring him into light. What a powerful lesson! If Jesus worked the works of the one who sent Him it follows that we who are His followers must work the works of Him who sent us (Mat. 28-19). We join Him in His work when we also look at the condition of sin as an opportunity to let the light of the world shine through us.
Jesus said He came “to give light to those who sit in darkness” (Luke 1:79). Southern Baptists have devised numerous methods to help empower us to reflect His light. The Cooperative Program magnifies our ability to do it. The genius of the Cooperative Program as a strategy of accomplishing and supporting missions was God-given. It depends on the collective surrender of Baptists, each adding his light, until together we become a beacon shining the gospel truth to the world.
Written by Robert Simms
Cooperative Program Connection to Kingdom Life
The young man stopped and then read the few lines for the Bible story again. “I can read the words,” he exclaimed. A missionary husband-and-wife team serves in Georgia where literacy and English as a Second Language classes open the doors to share the gospel and lead people to Christ. Gifts through the Cooperative Program help supply materials and training – the light on language which point the way to Jesus, the light of the world.