WHEN CHANGE IS QUESTIONABLE
When blind men suddenly see, questions get raised. ‘Where is our neighbour and what have you done with him?’
When God touches a life deeply there is a transforming effect that may puzzle some. We may expect people to be the way they always were. If they change, we might grow suspicious and doubt their authenticity.
As people debated over the identity of this man, he had to chime in and insist that it really was him.
New creation does not always give us the answer to every question. He had only met Jesus once and now had experienced a miracle. When pressed with further questions, the man did not know where to find Jesus. There is no demand for immediate discipleship in the generosity of the Master’s touch.
All he knew was that Jesus was the initiator. He was not asked to become a disciple at this point, but was left with an indelible impression-- a bewildered, first-time seer.
John Newton wrote the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’. When he wrote that line ‘saved a wretch like me’, was he using poetic license or was he really a wretch? Though raised in a Christian home, John became a sailor and lived a very, sinful life. During one particular ocean voyage on a slave ship, a storm arose.
Under great conviction, He converted during the storm, though he admitted later, "I cannot consider myself to have been a believer, in the full sense of the word."
Newton then served as a mate and then as captain of a number of slave ships, hoping as a Christian to restrain the worst excesses of the slave trade, "and promoting the life of God in the soul" of both his crew and his African cargo.
After leaving the sea for an office job in 1755, Newton held Bible studies in his Liverpool home. Influenced by both the Wesleys and George Whitefield, he adopted mild Calvinist views and became increasingly disgusted with the slave trade and his role in it. He quit, was ordained into the Anglican ministry, and in 1764 took a parish in Olney in Buckinghamshire.
In 1787 Newton wrote Thoughts Upon the African Slave Trade to help William Wilberforce's campaign to end the practice—"a business at which my heart now shudders," he wrote. Recollection of that chapter in his life never left him, and in his old age, when it was suggested that the increasingly feeble Newton retire, he replied, "I cannot stop. What? Shall the old African blasphemer stop while he can speak?"
You may not know much about Jesus when you first begin, but you sure know when He has touched you. You know what happened, but may have no clue on how or why it has happened. If it happens to you, hold on to your experience.
Do not let people talk you out it. There are some that would insist that you must still be blind. There is no way that you can see.
No one knows better than you what you have experienced at the hands of God. Hold on to the truth of what has happened to you.