Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Saturday, May 26, 2018
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Scripture Passage:  “He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: but one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.”  John 9:25


Dear Friends,


     My eyesight is getting terrible.  When I was in college, I could not wait to get my glasses.  (They would make me look so smart and studious.) Now I cannot wait to take them off at night.  That is the last thing I do at night, and the first thing I put on in the morning.  I have to put them in a particular place on the night stand or I cannot find them when I get out of bed.  I saw someone wearing their prescription glasses on top of their head the other day.  If I could get by wearing my glasses on top of my head I would not wear them at all.  My glasses are not a decoration, they are an absolute necessity.  I have gone from reading glasses, to bifocals, to trifocals.  I see less than I ever have and have the most modern glasses on the market.  Go figure! 


     On the other hand, I see things more clearly than I ever have.  There is a gospel song that has a line in it that says, “I see much better since you struck me blind.”  It is a song about Saul’s Damascus road experience.  His eyes were truly opened and his perception changed when he met the Lord.  As a young man, my eyes were focused on money, success, and possessions.  I have always wanted to be good at what I do so I could earn a lot of money, and buy the things I want.  I have had a certain amount of success, earned a good living and had most of what I wanted.  The pleasure and satisfaction produced from all this has been limited at best. My focus has changed more to relationships as the years have passed.  I see more clearly now that my relationship with the Lord is my number one priority.  The closer I walk with Him, the smoother everything goes.  When I have a right relationship with Him, then my relationship with my family improves.  When things are right with my family, I am more apt to have a good relationship with my friends.  When the Lord is happy, my family is happy, and my friends are happy, then I am happy.  This leaves my enemies surprised or at least baffled. 


    I do not know everything there is to know about Jesus.  I may not be able to address all your questions or dismiss all your doubts where He is concerned.  I can tell you what He has done for me.  This one thing I know – I once was blind, but now I see.


In Christ,


Pastor Johnny