What Does It Mean To Be Spiritually Blind?
Christ healed a lot of people's temporal blindness. He took different approaches each time, but the result was the same. The person who once was blind now could see. While these miracles are amazing and can still happen today, Christ healed a lot more spiritually blind people than he did the temporally blind.
Each of Christ's followers at one time or another were blind to the fullness of God, but they came to see Christ clearly in the end. Some didn't have a relationship with God that through Jesus' sermons came to follow God more closely. Others didn't know what they were to do in God, but because of Christ's wisdom they could see it plain as day. Still others faced awful and insurmountable situations but Christ inspired them and led them to see the solution. These forms of blindness still exist today and Christ can still recover our sight so we can move forward in Him.
Types and Recoveries of Spiritual Blindness
Type 1: Relational Blindness
Description: These people don't have a relationship with God, or at least not like they should. They typically don't realize the need for it because they are consumed with the cares and troubles of this life. They can't see God because their vision is focused elsewhere.
Recovery: Bring their focus towards God and the need to pray to Him. Ask them about what's going on in their lives and if there is anything wrong. If they tell you there is, offer prayers of support. If life seems good to them, tell them you'll be praying that God continues to bless them. This consistent conversation that centers around God and prayer will resonate over time. Also, offer testimonies of answered prayers to people who may not have a regular prayer life. Hearing about prayer and its effectiveness may entice them towards a regular prayer life.
Type 2: Situational Blindness
Description: These people have a relationship with God, but big situations break their spirit. They get overwhelmed when the enemy attacks and lose sight of God in the midst of their storm. Sometimes bitterness sets in when prayers aren't answered in the time they think they should be.
Recovery: Teach trust and patience in God to them. Letting them know that God hasn't forgotten them helps to build their spirit. Also, encourage them by letting them know that you are trusting in God to help in their situation. We may not know why we face the struggles and situations we are in, but we can know that God has a plan and that He will bring us through. In the meantime, he has peace and comfort for us. Share your own story of trust and patience with them.
Type 3: Calling Blindness
Description: These people don't know what they are supposed to do in God. They have a passion to serve God and hopes to be used in His Kingdom. However, they don't know how or where to go to get started. Prolonged time with this blindness can result in lost passion and frustration.
Recovery: Encourage them to build their relationship in God. If they aren't finding their calling in God or stuck on a plateau, that doesn't mean God doesn't have a plan for them. He may just be working on their calling for them, or He might be looking to see them grow closer to them before He provides them with that next step. Offer to fast with them for God to open their ministry up and pray for them that God will reveal His purpose for them.
In all three types, these people require someone to be present with them. In Christ's day, it was a great blessing for a blind person to have a guide. It ensured that they wouldn't be easily robbed or harmed and it meant they were able to navigate life more easily. We can be the guides to the spiritually blind, helping them to travel to Jesus so they might find recovery. It just takes a commitment of our times and love for our fellow man. Will we go?
Who in your community is in one of these states of blindness?
Make a connection and attempt the recovery tactics as you feel led by God to do so.
See what other things God leads you to do for them.
Watch as their spiritual eyes open and the joy fills their hearts knowing they can see (John 9:25)
Our Pure in Heart Series in the Devotion Section of the website deals with a great deal about developing your spiritual vision. Read those devotions and see how they help you in your pursuit to help people find their sight.
Chris Farris is the author of The Way, a manual detailing how to implement the Beatitudes into your life. He review events and other media and offers other insights into writing and working for the Kingdom of God.