IS TRADITION SABOTAGING YOUR TESTIMONY? (Continued)
Scripture Reading: John 9
9:12 Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not.
9:13 They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.
9:14 And it was the Sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.
9:15 Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.
The man was taken to the Pharisees or those who represent tradition. When faced with tradition and its intimidation, the testimony became abbreviated. When tradition asked the man how he received his sight the glory was not given to Jesus, but rather "He put clay upon mine eyes." "He" could have been anyone. The fact is only Jesus can bring the supernatural into our lives. He alone deserves the glory. The emphasis is now more on what the man did instead of what Jesus did. "I washed and do see" is not the testimony! As the Apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesians, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."
Sabotage is the work of an enemy. While tradition takes great place in the church, it is no friend of the believer. In fact, it is an archenemy to spiritual growth and spiritual understanding. Sabotage is meant to do damage to the degree our spiritual productivity or spiritual function is obstructed. Anything that makes us renounce Jesus is spiritual sabotage.