To speak the word “regain” is to state that the subject in view had previously been realized. In this case, the blind man asked to “regain” his sight. He wanted to get back that which he previously had. I believe that many modern American Christians are backslidden. Backslidden, meaning, they have lost the sight that they once possessed. They have lost their sight of their life mission, their conviction of sin and their revelation of Jesus.
They have lost their view on the life mission given to us by Christ Himself to, “speak out the great message of the cross of Christ.” They have definitely not “pledged their heads to heaven.” Nor have they laid their lives down as true disciples saying, “my life for the gospel.”
They have slipped away from their conviction of sin. They say things like, “I wasn’t as mature in God as I am now.” But as Isaiah stated, “they have lost the power to blush over their sins.”
Their sight of Jesus is so limited that they are in desperate need for God to repair their view of Him. For it is only in an accurate view of Jesus that we can have an accurate view of holiness, purity, love, power, God and His Kingdom.
Modern Christians have a greater knowledge of Hollywood than of Christ Himself. They have set up their home to revolve around a flat screen t.v., instead of setting up their lives to revolve around Jesus. They have a greater sight for themselves than Christ. As Keith Green stated, “It is so hard to see when my eyes are on me.” The only true and valuable sight is the seeing of Jesus. Backsliders need their view of Christ restored. All issues in life return to vision, namely, the vision of Jesus. Not necessarily what He would do, but what He is doing. It is knowing His heart beat. It is an issue of knowing Him, right now. Not in the past, or recent past, but today. Do you see Him today? Backslider regain your sight! All issues of seeing are summed up in a seeing of Jesus. If there is no seeing of Jesus there simply is no seeing. No matter the intellect and glory of man, men are blind till they see Jesus.
In this blind man’s state, he heard the commotion of Jesus and asked other people what was going on. The blind backslidden Christian is a person who must look to others for sight. So many Christians today are looking to a book, a minister, ministry or church to open their eyes. They look to men for guidance. They cannot see rightly, so they have no other option. Praise God these people pointed him to Jesus saying, “It is Jesus passing by.”
This blind man wanted his sight back. He had the sense to notice it is gone. I pray we would see our deficiency, for we are in a bad way if we lose sight of that. Look at the heart of this blind man after seeing his deficiency…He cries out to Jesus. A cry that comes from a revelation of our deficiency will be sincere and deep. Oh for deep cries that go out to the deep of God!
The people around him tried to silence him. Know this dear reader, if you are blind and backslidden lacking what you once had in God, the whole world is seeking to silence your cry to God. Worldly satisfactions are trying to bring you to a place of contentment with your blindness. Lots of Christian things are trying to make you content with blindness and compromise. Many complacent friends are indirectly seeking to silence your cry. But you must not listen! You must, like this blind man, push through and cry out to God for a restoration of what you know is available, the sight of a living Jesus.
After this blind man pushed through and refused to listen to the silencers, he met Jesus. He was brought into Christ’s presence and Jesus spoke to him. This is the only place of restoration, the only place of life; The experience of His presence and the hearing of His voice. He was then, and only then, healed. Nothing else will heal you. He received his sight back and he began to follow the Lord. As he was glorifying God he was made a spectacle to everyone. If we are to be a testimony to the world, it is only as we glorify God with our lives by following Jesus, because we see Him. Oh reader, do you see Him!? Do you see Him now? Or are you lost, blind and clueless as to what has happened to you? Are you wondering how you got to where you are now in life? Do you look back and say, “where did I get off?” Brother, I will tell you where you got off. You took your eyes off of Jesus and you lost your sight, for just as He is the only seeing, He is the only sustaining of sight.
Oh blind one, who cannot see, my heart breaks for you, as I know the Lord’s does…all out to Him! If you cannot see like you used to and you have taken your eyes off of Jesus…cry out to Him! If in the name of liberty you have opened the door to lesser lovers…cry out to Him! If you are not more in love with Him now than ever…cry out to Him! If you know you are distant and you know something is between you and God…call out to Him! Maybe as you read this, you contrasted your hunger now with your hunger in the past, and have come up sadly lacking…call out to Him! Do not let anything silence you. He will take you into His presence, speak to you and you will see Him again. At this point and no other can you begin to follow Him rightly.
Reader, look deep within. Are you blind today? I am not asking you if you know the bible, go to church or profess Christ. I am asking you…”have you lost your sight?”
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