Don't rely on yourself

Week beginning: 12th May, 2019 | By Jennifer McKelvin | London

And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, "Do you see anything?" And he looked up and said, "I see people, but they look like trees, walking." Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.

Mark 8:23-25 (ESV)

You rarely find a lawyer lost for words! We are renowned for our confident communication skills. Whether it's drafting letters or skeleton arguments, negotiating deals or making submissions in court; day in, day out, we rely on our ability to explain, argue and persuade.

But my assurance in my own abilities has often left me feeling disappointed and disheartened. If I can persuade a judge to mitigate a difficult sentence, why I can't I persuade my friends and family to follow Jesus – especially when this is objectively true and deserving? Have I used the wrong words? Wasn't I clear enough?

Jesus' encounter with the blind man of Bethsaida should reassure us. Whilst our clients rely on us not just to convey, but to convince, God doesn't. It is Jesus who opens eyes, who restores sight, who brings people from death to life. Every time a sinner repents and turns to put their trust in Christ, it is His doing, not ours.

How liberating! We have a commission to convey the gospel, but we know that the outcome of our evangelistic efforts doesn't depend on us. Instead, our confidence is in God, that He will use our words, and that He will open the eyes of those who do not yet see Jesus for who He is.

Prayer points:

1. Pray that we would boldly use words to speak of Christ Jesus.

2. Humbly pray that God would use our words.

3. Pray that more would come to see who Jesus is and put their trust in Him.