“The other day,” Stan began, “we talked about two blind men Jesus healed.”
“We did,” I replied. “It had to do with their belief and faith that Jesus could do what they asked Him to do.” [Note to Reader: See Posting Number 344, “That’s Why Nothing Seems to Happen”.]
“You’re right, my friend,” Stan said, and then continued, “I was thinking about that story in connection with the phrase, ‘The blind leading the blind’, and how having clearer sight of God is essential in spiritual mentoring and discipling.”
“In what way?” I asked.
“Well,” Stan replied, “the expression is usually used to describe a situation where someone who is supposedly leading doesn’t know any more than the one he or she is seeking to lead.”
“It seems to me that sort of situation is unlikely to go anywhere that is very good. Likewise, if a person thinks he or she has perfectly clear spiritual vision that, too, can get in the way of effective spiritual mentoring.”
Continuing, he said, “I like to think about the whole process of spiritual mentoring as being better described as ‘Discipleship by the less-blind’.” I think that is the only perspective I am to have if I am going to be of any help to you or to anyone else.”
“I have to view myself as one who is only slightly less blind being led by the Holy Spirit who has perfect 20/20 vision!”
“It is really important for me to remember that if I ever get to the point of thinking that I have really clear spiritual vision, rather than also being on the road towards clearer spiritual vision, I think I will have lost any effectiveness I might have in helping others to see more clearly.”
“So,” I responded, “do you think you will ever have perfectly clear spiritual vision?”
“Not on this side of eternity,” Stan responded, “but I know I will when I stand face-to-face with my heavenly Father.”
“Until then I am to be guided on this side of eternity to clearer vision by the Holy Spirit who lives in me and has perfect 20/20 vision. As I choose to allow, He is fully capable of leading me to be less-blind so that I may help others to see more clearly.”
“And,” Stan concluded, “speaking of 20/20 vision seems like a good place to mention I pray we will be seeking that kind of spiritual vision going into the year 2020 and beyond!”
Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that, as you receive from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you may excel still more. 1 Thessalonians 4:1.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the presence of the Holy Spirit in me who guides me to be less-blind in my view of you. I long to pursue an ever-clearer view of you and an ever-deepening relationship with you as long as you keep me on this side of eternity. I confess that too often I do not pursue that, and I ask you to forgive me. Please open me to want to be less-blind so you may be able to use me in helping others to see you more clearly. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.