I think it interesting to ask people the question, “what do you see?” Everyone has a different answer. So if everyone sees something different who is correct? When I look at a pink flower, I say I see a pink flower. My husband sees a plant. My dog coco sees a chew toy. My dog Itsy sees a blur because she does not see well. Our perception of our lives, world and God is very much like this. We all see things differently. Even when reading the Bible, we can read the same scripture but 10 different people see and hear 10 different messages. So what is real? What is truth? Who is right and who is wrong?
Most issues we face in this life within our relationships have to do with how we view things. For I view things differently than my husband. My husband views things differently from his parents. We all have our own view. We all like to think that our view is the right view. When reading the story of the blind man healed by Jesus in John 9 I was struck by the fact that every human in existence is blind in some aspects. For no human has the capability to see things the way God sees them. We are all spiritually blind.
“A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God by telling the truth,” they said. “We know this man is a sinner.” He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” Then they asked him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” He answered, “I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?” Then they hurled insults at him and said, “You are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses! We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don’t even know where he comes from.” The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out. Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.” Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.” Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?” Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.” John 9:24-41
When I read this I am reminded that I am blind to so many things. But there is only one thing that matters. I am just like this blind man who Jesus asked “Do you believe in the son of man?” I think the only thing that actually matters in this life is your answer to this question. We all see things differently. We all have different views and I think that is ok. We do not have to see things the same. God made us to all differently. But there is one thing that is absolutely necessary in this life. Do you believe in the Son of Man?