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“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen not only because I see it but because by it I see everything else.”

C.S. Lewis, Christian Theologian

Do you see — yourself, others, the world — as God sees? Or have distractions blinded you from seeing God’s vision?

By God’s grace open your eyes and see.

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Then they led the man who had been born blind to the Pharisees. Now Jesus made the mud and smeared it on the man’s eyes on a Sabbath day. So Pharisees also asked him how he was able to see.

The man told them, “He put mud on my eyes, I washed, and now I see.”

Some Pharisees said, “This man isn’t from God, because he breaks the Sabbath law.” Others said, “How can a sinner do miraculous signs like these?” So they were divided. Some of the Pharisees questioned the man who had been born blind again: “What do you have to say about him, since he healed your eyes?”

He replied, “He’s a prophet.”

John 9:13-17

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Thanks to Jesus, a man once blind appeared before the Pharisees with 20/20 vision. Yet, instead of collapsing in amazement, all these Pharisees did was argue. Was Jesus a good guy? Was Jesus sinning by performing a miracle on the Sabbath, a holy day set aside for rest? Is he a Voldomort-like sorcerer in disguise?

These Pharisees could not figure out Jesus. They could not fit him neatly into in their law-shaped boxes. Now, it’s easy for us to judge the Pharisees for their close-mindedness. After all, we know who Jesus really is. Or do we?

Sure, we may know more than they did back then. However, let us not deceive ourselves into thinking we have Jesus figured out. How arrogant would that be? And plain wrong! In a million years, no person, pastor, or church could ever figure out the good and mysterious God we serve. God is too big for our boxes. Praise God for that!

Matt Andrews

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Mysterious God, you are beyond comprehension. I am in awe of you. Humble me with your greatness and goodness. Amen.

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Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
naught be all else to me, save that Thou art:
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

from “Be Thou my Vision,” traditional Irish hymn

Even now, God is giving you a new vision. What do you see?

What journey must you take to make God’s vision a reality?

Matt Andrews

Rev. Matt Andrews serves as the Associate Pastor of Youth and Missions at Liberty Crossings United Methodist Church in Vestavia Hills, AL. He is also a chaplain at UAB Medical Center and a Doctor of Ministry Candidate at Emory University. Matt has now entered his eighth year of pastoral service, having served multiple congregational, academic, and clinical settings in Alabama, California, and Texas. In 2012, he graduated from George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University in Waco, TX with his Master of Divinity. Matt is married to his best friend and love of his life, Emily, who teaches music and worship at Samford University, Matt and Emily’s alma mater. Matt resides in Homewood with Emily and their three dogs — Lily, Daisy, and O’Henry.

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