"…And as Jesus passed by, He saw a man which was blind from his birth. And His Disciples asked Him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither has this man sinned, nor his parents; but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.'” John 9:1-3
Nick Vujicic is an amazing man who travels the world speaking about the abundant blessings on his life, in an attempt to achieve a personal goal of leading 15 million people to Christ. The thing I found most intriguing about Mr. Vujicic was his optimistic attitude about life, his powerful ability to persevere, and his pragmatic outlook on his missing limbs; you see, Mr. Vujicic has no arms or legs.
As Mr. Vujicic was reading today’s verse, he felt so blessed when he read the last line, that he literally stopped asking God for limbs! He said he realized that, the way he was born was a testament to God’s miracle and love in his life. There was no reason to ask God “Why?” any longer. –There was now no reason to ask "What" his life’s purpose was; he understood! But, I have to say, it was his statement about having an afterlife conversation with Jesus that truly gave me pause. It went something like this:
“I imagine Jesus asking me two questions, number one;
"Why did you ask for limbs, didn't you understand that I created you for My Glory? –You are my walking, breathing miracle! " And, number two; "Whom did you bring with you?”"
Both questions are quite powerful for every person, with or without a disability! When we look in the mirror, somehow, we needlessly want to change the way we were designed by God. We believe we are too fat, too thin, too dark, too light, too short, or, too tall; just to name a few. In our minds, something is always wrong with the way we were created. And, too often, as Christians, we forget that we are supposed to glorify God in all we do, lifting the hearts and minds of those whom we come in contact with, helping them to eventually see Jesus. How can we do this if we are endlessly complaining about superficial things?
As I watched Mr. Vujicic’s exuberance for Jesus, his acceptance of his life situation, and his optimistic outlook on his mission to save the world, it made me stop to reconsider my own life. So consider this. The next time you feel like grumbling about any aspect of your life, or your lack of abundance in any way, check out one his videos on our Media page. There you can see more about his life and hear his personal testimony.
His personal testimony will cure what ails you, it will remind you to respect the life you have, in the abundance that God has allocated to you. And, more importantly, it offers a gentle reminder that, when it comes to God, no one is insignificant; every person counts. –Even you! L.
Study Reference: John 9:1-41, Psalm 139:13-18
From:"Tested For Abundance." In The Master's Hands: 365 Daily Devotions for Everyday Living
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