10.01.2018

God has glorious purposes for disabilities!

Please - take the time to watch this touching video clip before reading the notes from, or listening to, the sermon.

There is absolutely no way I can do this sermon justice by trying to pack it into a short summary, but there are a few points that absolutely deserve attention!

"Disability Glorifies God."

The text: John 9

In order to understand the theology of disability, we must align our thoughts with God's thoughts.

➛ God has glorious purposes for disability.
- it draws attention to God
- it displays His power and wisdom
- it shifts our perspective from earth to eternity
For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:36

➛ Every human being is a divine image bearer, and therefore, INVALUABLE.
For You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother's womb.
I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from You, when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in Your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
Psalm 139:13-16


➛ Man talks ABOUT disabilities ... Jesus talks TO the disabled.
- Compassion, care, and tenderness are displayed through the touch of the Master's hand.
As He went along, He saw a man blind from birth.
His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of Him who sent Me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
After saying this, He spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes.
“Go,” He told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam”
So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. John 9:1-7

The BEST part of this passage is verse one.
"As He went along, He saw a man blind from birth."
The disciples saw a problem.
Jesus saw a MAN.
And after He saw him, He ministered to him. 

➛ When we see others through the eyes of Christ,
we see His work displayed in greater - and unique - ways.
On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. I Corinthians 12:22-26

➛ Man's greatest disability is spiritual - Unbelief.
Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when He found him, He said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
“Who is He, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in Him.”
Jesus said, “You have now seen Him; in fact, He is the one speaking with you.”
Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped Him. John 9:35-38


Jesus PURSUED the man!
He took the initiative to find him.
When he did, the man believed - and became a child of God!
And the first thing he did? He WORSHIPED His Lord!


Father, thank You for the joy of Disability Sunday! Thank You for bringing our brother Paul, a man who has held and wept over and prayed for his own disabled children, to open Your Word and share Your heart for those with disabilities.
Nothing You do is accidental or without purpose, Lord, so even though we do not always understand Your ways, we thank You that You do everything for Your glory and our good. It may take time for us to identify and embrace the good, for it does not always look the way we expect or want it to, but when we are seeking You and trusting You and surrendering everything to You day by day, You quiet our hearts and still our minds so we can hear You speak through the beauty of Scripture. "I AM fearfully and WONDERFULLY made." HE is fearfully and wonderfully made. SHE is fearfully and wonderfully made. The world may not always agree, but the world is not whom we seek to praise or serve. It is You and You alone, Lord. 
Thank You that You can handle us trusting You while we simultaneously question and wrestle and grieve while trying to understand and accept Your will. In our humanness, we collapse under the weight of the unknowns, but in our surrender to a holy and loving God, we find peace.

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