Why Did God Take My Leg?

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This is me in December 1994, just a few days after my right leg was amputated.

Several years ago a missionary couple from Brazil was visiting my church.  The wife asked me a question I had never been asked before:  “What was the purpose of God taking your leg?”  I told her I didn’t know the purpose and she told me that God had a purpose for taking my leg and I needed to determine the purpose.  Her question really stuck with me and I began to ponder and prayerfully consider her question.  I eventually found my answer in John 9:1-3.

John 9:1-3 states “And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.  And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?  Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents:  but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

As I read this passage, I immediately knew why God took my leg.  The disciples had assumed that the man in John 9 was blind because of either his sin or his parents sin.*  I love Jesus’ response stating the man was not blind because of sin, but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.  God took my leg to bring glory to His name.  My purpose in losing my leg was to glorify my Savior through my amputation.  God took my leg so that I could minister to others and to show them what Christ did for me.  What the world called a disability, God was showing me that it  was an opportunity.

God has a purpose for everything, even when we may not be able to see it.  The world sees no purpose for disabilities, but as a Christian I know that I am to use my disability to glorify my Savior.  This is my goal each and every day.  I can’t do some things that other people do, but the Lord opens doors for me to talk with people that others do not have access to.  I am constantly asked what happened to my leg and each time I’m asked I want to make sure they know my God and what he has done for me.

You may not have a physical disability, but we all have weaknesses.  Let’s not focus on our disabilities or weaknesses.  Allow God to take your weakness or disability and turn into a strength.  Allow Him to use your weakness or disability to glorify His name in this world.

What weakness or disability has God turned into a strength to glorify Him?  Please share in the comments below to encourage one another in our walk with the Lord.  Please feel free to share this with other people.

God Bless!

 

*All suffering and death is the result of Adam’s sin.  However, the suffering you and I face today may or may not be related to our own sin.

13 thoughts on “Why Did God Take My Leg?

  1. Jason, what a wonderful testimony you have. I’m sure the Lord is blessing you as you tell others of His love. Isn’t it amazing how God can use each of us to glorify His name. I think of you often and remember what a sweet little boy you were in kindergarten and what a wonderful family you had then and the wonderful family you have now. I know God will bless you as you witness to others.

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  2. A wonderful testimony Jason. As always you are a blessing to me. May the Lord continue to use your ministry to His glory.
    Love, Mom

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  3. You’ve always had a great attitude about this and that has been a blessing to all you’ve watched you through it. Love you!! God bless. And may we all realize God’s purpose.

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  4. Jason, you are an inspiration to me, always have and always will be. You were our traveling buddy, and did things we couldn’t do. You have really grown into a manGod is using. I have watched you grow as a man and a Christian. You don’t really know people until you’ve traveled with them. You are A number one in my book. Keep on doing what you’re doing, and wear some green today.

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  5. Jason I was the nurse that gave you shots when you visited in Burlington ,NC. Your Dads sister Terry is my sister in law. Even then at a young age your positive attitude and infectious smile was a testimony! Reading how you give God glory through something like losing a leg is very inspiring. May the Lord continue to bless you and your family.

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    1. Hi Becky, I remember you and thanks for taking care of me that week. Thank you for your kind words. To God be the glory!

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  6. You know, Job would have never been remembered if it was not for his severe trial. Now, etched in the eternal Word of God, his name will be known forever as a testimony of God’s grace! Thank you, Jason, for using your loss not as a place of pity but rather a platform to broadcast the glory of God! May we all follow your example, even through much smaller trials. Keep up the good work here! Love you, brother!

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