They came back at the blind man, “You’re the expert. He opened your eyes. What do you say about him?” He said, “He is a prophet.” The Jews didn’t believe it, didn’t believe the man was blind to begin with. So they called the parents of the man now bright-eyed with sight. They asked them, “Is this your son, the one you say was born blind? So how is it that he now sees?”
The prerequisite for receiving grace is being honest about our spiritual blindness. I pray I can be honest before the Lord about the blind areas in my life. James 4:6 reminds us: "He opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
How do you think we begin to be honest with God about areas we may be blind? Rather than react defensively like the Pharisees? I guess if I think about it, the Pharisees were just trying to “be all they were supposed to be” -— spiritual experts were their role. There may be areas of our lives where we feel more like the blind man, where we know we're blind and need help, but then there may be areas where we are truly blind but think we can see. That was the Pharisees’ problem.
It's a really good question to think on, and it's very difficult for us. Especially for those of us who've been following Jesus for a while or those of us who are in our leadership. I guess for me it’s a recognition that we all have the propensity to be self righteous in our "spirituality." I see myself in both the blind man and the Pharisees in the story. I am very much a Pharisee in recovery.
"Pharisee in recovery” — when I think about being honest about where I’m at, I feel like the thing that I usually don’t consider is God’s heart toward me. He wants to help and grow me, and not to barge in. And I think on how David, through all his Psalms, keeps this childlike wonder and invitation towards God. And he prayed prayers of trust. I pray this often…I think its wonder and trust that helps us to recover from being like the Pharisees.