From Shame to Glory

John 9:1-5 WEB

As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. [2] His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” [3] Jesus answered, “Neither did this man sin, nor his parents; but, that the works of God might be revealed in him. [4] I must work the works of him who sent me, while it is day. The night is coming, when no one can work. [5] While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

The man blind from birth was given a rare gift. He was wrapped in God’s glory. We can see that clearly because his story is in the Bible. To be included in the Bible is a glorious thing. Yet, he suffered greatly on his way to God’s glory.

The word says of Jesus that he is wrapped in Glory (Col 1:27). He accomplished this by giving his life away and dying on the cross (Heb 12:2). The path to true glory is not an easy path. God would rather help us mature into godliness than zapping us into glory (Heb 12:11). If Jesus’ just zapped us and wrapped us in glory, we would probably take that glory for ourselves.

A life wrapped in God’s glory will bring God acclaim (John 8:49). The question each of us needs to answer is how much of God’s glory are we willing to be responsible for? Of course, the blind beggar did not volunteer to be blind. God did that for his own purposes.

Lord, please help me glorify you in truth and bring fame to your name. In Jesus’ name, amen.