Been an interesting journey the last few weeks as I spent some time asking God to reveal any ungodly beliefs I have. An ungodly belief is a belief that does not line up with God’s Word or His nature. We all have them, sometime we don’t know we do. Over time we have conditioned ourselves or our surrounding have conditioned us, to believe certain things, it happens to us everyday.
Take this for an example, if I were to ask you what those little pieces of papers, that pop up out of a box, and you blow your nose on, were called, what would you say? I’m guessing 95% or more of you said, “kleenex.” Did you? Well, you are wrong. You have been conditioned over time to believe that they are called kleenex but really they are facial tissues. Through advertising and repeated messages, you have be given an incorrect belief, and you probably didn’t even know it, did you? That’s what an ungodly belief can be like. You carry it around with you, and you view the world through it, but you can be completely unaware it even exists. We see examples of this in many places in the Bible. One I took particular interest in these last few days can be found in John 9. Want to take a look at it with me?
The story opens with a man who has been blind from birth, sitting there, doing what he has been doing for years. The disciples notice him and ask a question of Jesus. “… who sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind?” They had an ungodly belief which told them that an infirmaty was a result of a sin. Can you see how it influenced their question? Couldn’t they have just asked, “Why is this man blind?” How many times have your ungodly beliefs influenced questions you have asked? Answers you are seeking out?
So Jesus heals the man and his neighbors see him. And what do they say? “Is not this the man who used to sit and beg? Some said, It is he. Others said, No, but he looks very much like him.” I find this a bit humerous don’t you? Let’s get this straight, the only thing that changed in this man was he could now see. He didn’t get a hair cut, change clothes, no face lift, you would think these people would have knew who he was. Truth is, they more willing to accept this wasn’t the real guy more than they were willing to accept his healing. They just couldn’t accept the truth standing right in front of them. What ungodly belief has caused you to miss a truth because it would require a change in your belief in order to see it?
I also find it interesting so many people are acting as if this man isn’t standing right there. They talk about him as if THEY are blind and can’t see him. I’m thinking they needed a healing.
Now enters the religious people of the day. And what do they see? Well they said, “This Man [Jesus] is not from God, because He does not observe the Sabbath. But others said, How can a man who is a sinner (a bad man) do such signs andmiracles?” There are so many ungodly beliefs in this statement, can you see them? They can’t see the miracle because it doesn’t fit within their rules and regulations. How many mircles have your ungodly beliefs cause you to miss? Have you gotten caught up in the details, thought it can’t be because it didn’t come in the timing or way you BELIEVED it would?
Finally, we see his parents, surely they can shed some light on all this blindness that is going around. Basically, they say, “Yep, he’s our son.” “Yep, he was blind.” “But we don’t want to get caught up in his healing.” Don’t believe me? The scripture says, “they feared [the leaders of] the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should acknowledge Jesus to be the Christ, he should be expelled and excluded from the synagogue.” Ok, so your son get’s healed and you are afraid of being expelled and excluded from the synagogue? Really? What ungodly belief has caused you to look past a gift in your life because of a fear of lossing something else? What ungodly belief has kept you silent because you were afraid of someone elses reactions, or being left out?
Our ungodly beliefs are like blindness, they prevent us from seeing what we should see. They create an environment where we preceive things which are not necessarily true.
In the end, Jesus brings it back to what really matters. He asks, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” Truth is, if you answer Yes to that question, then the answer to any other question you might have in life was answered at the top of the story. Jesus didn’t answer the question the disciples asked, he answered the question they should have asked, which is “Why is this man blind?” He answered “this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”
Utlimately, as Christ followers, this is our purpose in life. Our purpose is not what other’s think it is. Our purpose isn’t about our current circumstance, our current issues. And sometime people may make us feel like we are the blind man, when really they are the ones who are blind. They don’t see the purpose in our life like God does. They may be uncomfortable with the call God has placed on us. The turth is, as long as we are about God’s purpose for our lives, we are on the right track.
Don’t be like the disciples, the neighbors, the Pharisees, and the parents. Don’t allow ungodly beliefs to distract you from the purpose that God has for you. Ask God, what are some ungodly beliefs I have, and let him heal your blindness! Then ask him, What is your purpose for me? Let your blindness be healed!