by: David Lee Davis
“All of us must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent me, because there is little time left before the night falls and all work comes to an end.” John 9:4 (NLT)
In the 9th chapter of John’s gospel, Jesus answers a question about a man born blind. It was believed by many in those days, that blindness was punishment for sin. So, they asked Jesus, what seemed to them an easy answer to their theological question, “Who sinned this man or his parents?” In their minds it had to be one or the other.
Jesus answered their question by proclaiming, “Neither. Neither this man or his parents sinned.” Imagine how the heart of this blind man must have leapt, when the possibility entered his mind that his blindness was not the judgment of God.
Of course Jesus was not arguing that they were sinless. Rather, Jesus was teaching His followers that brokenness isn’t an occasion to place blame; it is an opportunity to look toward God and the revealing of His power. Jesus said as much when He answered, “This happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me.” (John 9:4-5)
A few points worth noting: First, the world is broken. It has been broken since becoming separated from God. This separation from God is what creates the need for healing in our hearts, our lives and our world. Brokenness is not an occasion for judgment. It is a moment for God’s power and plan, through Jesus, to be made known. Second, as we look to God, His power is revealed in the healing and restoration of those who are broken. Third and perhaps most significant, this man’s blindness is an opportunity for us to understand God’s call upon our own lives. We “must” be about the business of “quickly carrying out the tasks assigned” by the one who sent Jesus. God’s plan is that His power be revealed in us and through us.
This is certainly true when it comes to reflecting upon our work in Honduras. The truth is that God, with one word, could heal all the poverty, sickness and brokenness in the world. Yet, God calls the people of Honduras to trust Him, to draw upon His wisdom and His word, in order to experience His power in their lives. This is how He grows their faith and trust. God also calls people, just like you and me, to be in relationship, partnership and friendship. This kind of giving, teaching and encouraging empowers and encourages healing and restoration in their lives. This is also how God grows our faith and trust in Him.
We must do this by inviting young people into a relationship with Christ through the efforts with Young Life. We must do this by teaching solid biblical truths to pastors in the valley. We must do this by asking children to study, learn and dream God-sized dreams in their lives at the Aldersgate and Hope Schools. We must do this by giving American physicians, veterinarians, nurses, dentists and mission teams an opportunity to “create life changing relationships” that empower, encourage and equip the Honduran people to trust God.
The reason why you do this is because you believe, in part, that our Heavenly Father has assigned you this task. He has prompted you. He has whispered into your heart. God has, in one way or another, invited all of us, as His disciples, into His work. Though this work, friendship and empowered giving, we are looking to a God who uses the pain and brokenness of the world to reveal His power and presence to all. When this power and presence happens, God works in them, God works through them and, God works in us and God works through us.
There is a much to do and many to reach. So, on behalf of all the lives here and in Central America, that God is seeking to reach, rescue and restore, we say thank you and may God richly bless every life surrendered to His purpose.
Director of Development
David is the former senior pastor of Hamilton Mill United Methodist Church in Dacula, GA.