“The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged? Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.” John 9:8-9
Just as we would expect, when this man was given his sight for the first time, he immediately ran off to tell people what had happened to him. This story illustrates the spiritual sight we gain through salvation in Jesus Christ; it also illustrates how we ought to react. We should be eager to run off and tell people all about it. The reaction of the blind man’s neighbors and friends is interesting. Rather than be filled with joy over they great gift their friend had received, they immediately started trying to bring him down.
It seems some things never change. We have all seen new believers who are full of enthusiasm and energy; I recall being such a person myself. Some folks just cannot wait to share the news of how they were once blind, but now can see. Unfortunately, it can also be a bittersweet sharing of good news. I can recall being told by a relative: “Hey, it’s great you found Jesus, but why do you have to be so serious about it?”
Friends, if this is our reaction to the new believer energy, we need to change. We need to nurture and develop this enthusiasm and energy for the Lord and teach the new ones how to use it to further The Kingdom. Let us not be like the friend and neighbors of this fellow and immediately start throwing water on their new found fire!