Are you careful about whom you spend a lot of time with? Who are your close friends? Are they enhancing or hindering your spiritual walk? Jesus makes it clear that those around you affect your ability to receive from God.
They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?”
This is a very important Scripture, yet many read it without ever seeing the key issues. The townspeople wanted to see this blind man healed, so they brought him to Jesus. Look at Jesus’ response.
The Lord took his hand and brought him outside the city before He would minister healing. Why would He do something like that? By this simple act, the Lord was testifying against their refusal to trust Him as their Messiah.
How do I know this? By Jesus’ own testimony. At one point He denounced some of the cities that He visited.
“Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.”
They were looking for the Lord to heal this man. What they didn’t want was for Christ to change their lives. They didn’t want to accept Him as their Lord and Savior.
This attitude even had an effect on the blind man’s ability to receive his healing. Jesus laid His hands on the man then asked if he could see.
He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”
Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. Jesus sent him home, saying, “Don’t go into the village.”
The first time Jesus touched him, the man only received a partial healing. It took another touch for him to be completely healed. Then, once healed, the man was told not to go back into the village. He didn’t need to be around that kind of unbelief. It would only hinder his future trust in Christ.
We need to take this to heart. If that’s how it worked under Jesus’ ministry, then it’s the same today. Who you spend most of your time with determines who you’re going to become like. It’s very easy to pick up attitudes, whether good or bad.
Just like with the blind man, you can still receive from the Lord if you pick up the unbelief of others. It just takes longer for the Holy Spirit to get you to the point where you’re in a position to receive.
If you want to progress spiritually, then spend more time with those who are walking in the truth of the Word.
Question: How have you experienced the attitudes of others affecting you?
© 2018 Nick Zaccardi