Going Deeper

07.19-07.24.2021

We want to help you "Go Deeper" by moving Christ a little closer to the center of your life every day. The following resources are provided to help connect the weekly message to your every day life and reveal God's desire to be in relationship with you.


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Pastor Jim Hoffman

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  • SCRIPTURE

    • Matthew 9:27-31, 20:29-34

    • Mark 8:22-26, 10:46-52

    • Luke 18:35-43

  • REFLECTION

    When I was a young lad, my mom caught me squinting at road signs while we driving on the highway.  Before I knew it, we went to see Dr. John Noe, an optometrist in Butler, so I could get my first pair of glasses.  What was once a blur at a distance, I now could see clearly!  I’ve worn either glasses or contact lenses ever since.  At one point it was just my mother and I who wore glasses.  My dad and my siblings all had 20/20 vision.  Now my dad wears glasses and all my siblings have to wear readers!  Revenge is a dish best served cold (or so the saying goes).  From what I know about my family, we’ve not had anyone who was considered physically blind.  A lot of folks with glasses, but no one that met the standards for being classified as legally blind.  While we escaped physical blindness, there was other blindness there.  Physical loss of sight isn’t the only form of blindness in our world.

     

    Very few of us escape this domain fully sighted in every aspect of life – most of us are blind or have our blind spots in our lives.  We can be blind to a mannerism that we have.  I was in youth group with a kid who rocked back and forth all the time.  I’m not sure he was aware of it.  I’ve been around people who has a least one leg that bounces all the time.  I’m not sure they are fully aware of this.  We can also be blind to some of our behaviors.  I know a person who is an extreme amplifier when it comes to communication.  Margaret and I went to lunch with her one time.  We met at 10 am in the morning and left her at 4 pm.  Our lunch guest talked more that 99% of the time.  I might have said 10 words in 6 hours.  I’m confident that she is blind to this behavior.  They say that “love is blind” and some of us wonder how a friend, a relative, or one of own children can overlook the obvious faults in their significant other.  Then we realize that we might do the same thing – turn a blind eye to things.  The beauty of following Jesus is that we come to understand that we don’t have to remain blind, especially to the things of God in this world.

     

    Our faith opens our eyes to inequities in our world.  Faith opens our eyes to the needs of others.  Faith opens our eyes to possibilities of transformation in our own hearts and lives.  Faith opens us up to new opportunities to be a neighbor that shares God’s love.  Faith can help us see, again.

     

    I invite you to take time and read each of the scriptures above as you move to reflect on the questions below.  Take a moment and contemplate the ways you are blind and how faith can help you see again.  Lastly, I pray that God bless the reading of God’s Word and the meditations of your heart.

  • QUESTIONS

    Head: 

    • If you’re brave enough, ask your spouse, significant other, or a family member if there is a habit or behavior you have that you are blind to.
    • Take a moment and write down the feedback that you were given and how it impacts your relationship(s).
    • Are you blind to something that God desires to change in you?  Take a few moments to see if you can’t uncover what it is.

     Heart:

    • When someone calls you out about a behavior or attitude, what is your natural reaction?  Indifference, dismissive, defensive, or openness?  Why?
    • Is there an area of your spiritual journey where you are blind?  What area is it and why?
    • Is your heart blind to the needs of others, especially the poor and oppressed?  What is your attitude toward people in need?

     Hand:

    • What habits or attitudes do you portray that might keep others from coming to Jesus?  If you say none, could this be a blind spot for you?
    • What spiritual blindness do you need Jesus’ healing touch for today?
    • What is one thing you can do immediately that will help you see the needs of others and respond to them?

  • PRAYER

    Gracious Lord Jesus, you came to serve.  As you came to a blind man and gave him sight, come to me in my darkness and show me the things I cannot see.  As you came to a man tormented in his mind and gave him peace and healing, come to me in my tension and make me whole.  As you came to Lazarus, who was dead, and brought him from the grave, come to me in my deadness and bring me to real life with you.  Lord, you came not to be served, but to serve.  But often I see life the other way around; to get where I have not given, to exploit those I have not helped, to use what I have not earned.  As you came to a dying thief and promised him paradise, come to me now in forgiveness and give me hope.  In your name, Lord, I pray.  Amen.