A few weeks ago my church did something it hasn’t done in many years. We sang the hymn Amazing Grace. Most Americans know the first verse by heart: “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me; I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.” When you sing those words, can they bring tears to your eyes? Does Amazing Grace stir up precious memories of a time or two when God touched you with his amazing grace in a personal way—that was just what you needed to make you whole? Now I’m going to scratch your record. Have you ever shared a story of Jesus’ amazing grace in your life to a person who responded with more skepticism than joy? Ouch! Many of us have learned to share our amazing grace stories in friendly circles, but otherwise keep them to ourselves. Why?
If a miserable person experiences a radical change of life and it’s attributed to an encounter with Jesus, then asking questions will cause trouble. What is it about Jesus and his ways that bring out the best or worst in people? How should you investigate such testimonials so you won’t blindly believe every story you hear, but you also won’t blindly prejudge and miss the work of God? In the Gospel of John, chapter 9, there is a story of Jesus healing a man born blind. It’s a wonderful and familiar story that happens to answer such questions. When Jesus, the light of the world, shines the works of God into the darkness of our broken lives, some people will try honestly to make sense of what really happened, but others who are self-assured, prejudiced, and hostile will become blind to God’s revealing works done by Jesus. Which one are you? Continue reading