When I started becoming public about my faith, one of the first changes I noticed was that I wasn’t as popular as I used to be. I felt somewhat put out of the circle, excommunicated from the clique if you will. Perhaps I had lost the cool factor, or had become plain weird – I still can’t put a finger on it. You will agree that one of the drawbacks of following Christ is the sense of excommunication you feel from your friends. All of a sudden, people that used to come around before don’t come any more. Familiar faces become distant. The calls and correspondence don’t come in the frequency that you are accustomed to. If you have ever felt that way, then to you I have come to preach.
The Bible tells a story of a man born blind but was healed by Jesus Christ. The haters condemned this healing, arguing that a heretic, Jesus, could do no such thing. The blind man, perhaps a non-educated peasant, proceeded to preach a powerful sermon to the professional preachers, the so called experts of everything God. He said:
Why herein is a marvelous thing, that ye know not from whence he is , and yet he hath opened mine eyes. Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshiper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth . Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. If this man were not of God, he could do nothing. John 9:30-33
The pharisees would have none of such preaching and so they put him out of the congregation. As soon as Jesus heard that the former blind man had been put out, He searched for him and FOUND him. He offered him salvation in addition to his healing. The man accepted, believed and worshiped. In that one day, he was healed, saved and had the privilege of preaching the gospel to the world, for all ages (for we still hear of his deed today).
In my case, Jesus Christ found me by miraculously sending people, that inspired the life out of me – and still do. Family that inspired me to stretch and to be all that God has called me to be. In short, when I was put out, he found me. Are you feeling somewhat lonely because you profess Christ? Do you feel as though opportunities are not coming your way due to your faith or are you being shunned by others whom in times past have answered your every beck and call? Take heart, don’t be dismayed for when they put you out, then will he find you.