On Wednesday, August 10 at 6:00 PM the message "Go Wash in The Pool of Siloam" was given by Minister Christine Lee at Gratia Community Church in Sioux Falls, SD. The message was taken from John 9:1-7, Exodus 20:3-6, John 9:39-41 and Isaiah 6:5-8.
Jesus saw something in the blind man and stopped to heal him. The disciples assumed he was blind because of some sin, and therefore would not have tried to save him. Although Jesus did stop to heal him, He still required him to take some effort and "go wash in the pool of Siloam". Why did He require this effort, and what was the lesson behind it?
Christine saw a deeper meaning in this event. Everyone is a sinner. Jesus wants all his followers to try and reach all they pass by no matter how bad they appear to be. Also, Jesus expects believers to play a role of sacrifice and getting in the mud after they are saved. They should take up their cross and go through the mud, as it were, in service to Him. He also warned the self-righteous people like the Pharisees who thought they could see (were righteous already and didn't need saving) that they would remain blind. The message is to be humble, know you need saving, repent of your sin, be saved, and then you will see. Then go and do the same.
Members present talked about how this applied to their lives because it seems lately that nobody wants to hear anything they have to say. Some seem hopeless, but hardly anybody responds regardless of whether they are approached or not.