Jul 15, 2021 08:00am
We Are No Longer Bystanders

Remember the blind man that Jesus healed by spitting on the ground and rubbing mud on his eyes? The story begins with the apostles asking who had sinned, his mother or father, because their sins must be the reason he was born blind. It’s a peculiar story found in John chapter 9. As I was reading it today, I noticed something else peculiar.

When Jesus answers his disciples, he begins by telling them that the man was born blind not because of his parent’s sin but so “that the works of God might be displayed in him” (verse 3). Then comes the peculiar part.

Jesus says, “We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day . . . ” (verse 4). Did you notice the three different pronouns? First “we,” then, “him,” and finally, “me.” 

“Him” refers to the works that will glorify the Father mentioned in verse 3. 

“Me” refers to Jesus, the one who was sent with the authority and power to do the work.

That leaves one more pronoun. This is the one that struck me the most. Certainly “He” and “Me” would have been enough to get the job done. God does not need any help in glorifying himself. He has performed plenty of marvelous works without the aid of mankind. However, God chooses to involve us in His work! 

Do you see the power of “we?”

God’s work is prepared in advance for us (his children) to participate in through the power of Christ.

As Paul stated in Ephesians 2:11, “We are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works which He has prepared in advance for us to do.”

But it doesn’t just end with the “He,” “Me,” and We.” In verse 5, Jesus explains, “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” That begs the question of what happened when Christ returned to heaven? 

Answer: Jesus shared the responsibility with us. Now “we” are the light of the world shining with the light of “his” glory. Don’t just leave it to “He” and “Me.” Be a part of the “We.”

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