Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”)… (John 9:7).
When Jesus washes you and makes you new, it’s for the purpose of sending you out. You see, many of us have walked a difficult journey in life and our natural response is to feel some shame and guilt over what we’ve experienced. Yet, this shame and guilt are not from God. Truly, He is sending us out as new people, redeemed from our past and given a brand new future.
As the man born blind was being healed Jesus told him to go and wash in the pool of Siloam which means “sent.” Could it be that Jesus was saying to this man, “I’m sending you out now with a brand new purpose in life? You’re going to come home seeing and its for the purpose of pointing others to me.
It’s easy for me to get stuck at the pool and beat myself up over my past. Instead of going out in my newness, I’ll stay stuck at the pool in my past. The enemy loves to whisper lies into our hearts that try to convince us that our past will always define our future. He’ll deceive us into thinking that what we’ve been through will always be a scarlet letter that we will carry with us.
Yet, we must remember that Jesus washes us. If He washes us, then we can know that all of our past has been cleansed and renewed by His love. We can know, there, at our own Pool of Siloam, we are being sent out with a brand new identity with the purpose of bringing God our ultimate praise.
Lord, I have been redeemed. I do not wear scarlet letters from my past. You have set all that free and you are redeeming it even now. You are such a mighty healer. Continue to heal, restore and make me new in your love, I pray, in Jesus name, Amen.