John 9:22 NIV
22His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who already had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue.
The blind man’s parents were so afraid of leaving their comfortable area where they found their value and identity as a Jew, that they did not want to confess that it was Jesus who healed their son. We can be so stuck in these places or under people that have so much influence over us that we refuse to acknowledge Jesus. We can be with groups of friends that make us feel comfortable and accepts us for who we are because they themselves feel it is ok to sin or be stuck in a certain lifestyle. But do they really accept us for who we are? Do they only question why you follow Jesus because they can’t see Jesus in you? We may not be able to leave what we are comfortable with because we don’t really know Jesus. We haven’t found that fulfillment in Jesus yet, so don’t want to leave the safety of our comfort zone. We need to be at a point that we are so filled with Christ that nothing else can compare. Nothing else can fill us as Jesus can. Nothing. Jesus loves. Jesus heals. Jesus accepts us for who we are because He already knows everything about us. When we know there is something better it makes it easier to leave, there is no fear of losing out. We all need to be a point where we know there is nothing better than Jesus.
While reading this, I had to question myself and ask do I know that in Jesus nothing is better? Sadly I say no, but it is changing! Jesus needs to be the object of my adoration. He needs to be where I get filled. The world is saying, I will find worth in making me better. So why am I still endlessly chasing to be better and never really attaining it?
1) I need to check why am I afraid of letting go of things. I find that I fear losing out. I fear that I am not accepted or acknowledged. God is saying I need to spend more time with Him and less time looking to the world for contentment. He is telling me to come to Him for affirmation because affirmation from others is limited and sometimes only out of selfish reasons. I need to spend more time on my knees with Him and less time bowing down to things the world is telling me.
Jesus, I confess that there are fears I have of not being affirmed and of not being enough. I ask for your forgiveness and I choose this day to spend more time getting to know you and being filled with You. I am sorry for being so fearful and selfish. I ask that you speak to me. I ask that You meet me where I am and lead me. I love you and thank you for your patience with me. Thank you for sanctifying me and helping me become more like You! In your Name, Jesus. Amen