Study 4: Experienced Enough
Read John 9:1-11 and John 9:24-25
Like many of us, the blind man couldn’t explain everything after encountering Jesus, but the most important detail, he stated clearly: “One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” (John 9:25) More than just that, Jesus was the one who opened his eyes. Jesus was given credit as the hero.
We share our stories to share Jesus. Who else would we talk about? What’s more important, more fascinating, more crucial? Nothing manmade could ever surpass the importance of the One who made man. We should never settle for pointing others to anything or anyone, except Jesus. Our stories are all about the power of the one and only Savior, Christ alone.
When we share Jesus centered stories, we share a hope that is contagious. A hope our world hungers for as they admire a cheap imitation from a distance in nearly every movie produced or novel published. We simply need to help them see through the evidence of our lives that Jesus is the hero they seek
What past mistakes or misfortunes do I believe disqualify me for service?
How could my past become my biggest qualifier to help point others toward the hope found in Jesus?
Who can I begin sharing a Jesus centered story with in hopes of pointing them to a God who redeems?
Read 1 King 18:41-46
Israel has been enduring a drought for over three years and before the first cloud appears in the sky, Elijah tells Ahab, King of Israel, to go ahead, eat and drink, because the rain is coming. Think about the significance of this invitation. If rain doesn’t come, you could burn through your rations and, ultimately, starve. Ahab wasn’t a big fan of Elijah, but he was a fan of self-indulgence, so he scurried home to feast for the first time in a long time. But not Elijah. He had work to do.
Think how tragic it would have been had Elijah stopped praying after the first or third or sixth time the servant reported no sign of rain. Imagine the disappointment if his faith was only enough to prompt him to start praying, and not enough to persevere.
Too often our faith walks are marked by good intentions, initial action, and then a wilting resolve. How many God-given dreams fall one prayer, one step, one day, one small cloud short of being realized? How many victorious stories of God’s goodness are left on the table because His people tapped out too soon? How often do we climb the mountain and pray, but stop knocking before we see the cloud?
What dream am I tempted to give up on that God is asking me to trust Him with?
In what way is God asking me to persevere through this drought?
How can I be satisfied knowing He is with me, and the rain surely approaches, though all I see now is a dusty plain?