As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. (John 9:1-7 NIV)
I've often wondered why Jesus didn't just tell this man to open his eyes and let him see. He had the power. It could have been done instantly. Jesus was funny about doing strange things to make points.
Last night at church, our small group was talking about accountability within the body of believers. We discussed how we are in fact supposed to bring to light the things that we see our brothers and sisters struggling with. People forget that after Jesus said not to take the speck out of someone's eye before you remove the plank out of yours, He continued to say THEN go to your brother and take the speck from his eye. We were made for accountability in community.
Sometimes, accountability gets messy. It's dirty and uncomfortable. Sometimes people don't want to hear what we have to say. It's kind of like putting mud on a blind person's eyes. It seems like we're just trying to add more dirt to their lives, but all we are doing is trying to help them see. And though it can get messy, when they finally do see, I promise, just like the blind man, they will be very happy and appreciate your willingness to get a little dirt on yourself for their sake.