Time For A Vision Check

by Sep 1, 2017Easy and Light

Time For A Vision Check

For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins.

2 Peter 1:9 (ESV)

SNAP! I looked down in dismay as my almost two-year-old offered back to me my only pair of eyeglasses-in two pieces. Of course, she never should have had them, but I had ignored those curious hands stretching up to the vanity. Now, a makeshift repair job of scotch tape held together my only means of seeing clearly. When the eyeglasses technician deemed them irreparable, it was time for something I had been putting off for far too long: a VISION CHECK. For years I had procrastinated finding an eye doctor-not a wise move considering my family history of retina disease and nearsightedness. So… I finally went, broken glasses sheepishly in hand, and discovered one retina was thin and I was so nearsighted the doctor had to fetch a special instrument! My tardy visit to the optometrist, though, reminded me I had also been avoiding a far more important vision check. My spiritual vision had grown nearsighted as well, and I was seeing only what was right in front of me to the neglect of what is “not seen” and “eternal” (2 Cor. 4:18).
Father, thank You that You want to build our faith so that we may see others, ourselves, and our circumstances as You see them and bear fruit for you. Help us, Lord, to keep our minds, hearts, and eyes on things above. Help us to see clearly!

A spiritual vision check revealed at least three areas of blatant nearsightedness, areas where we probably all need God’s help to see clearly:

1. Others: Do we see people as God sees them, eternal beings made in His likeness (James 3:9)? Do we see fellow believers as family members (Matt. 12:48-50, 1 Tim. 5:1-2), and do we see the people who annoy us as those “for whom Christ died” (Rom. 14:15, 1 Cor. 8:11)?
2. Ourselves: Do we view ourselves “more highly” than we ought (Rom. 12:3, 16)? On the other hand, do we forget we are “chosen,” “royal,” and “holy” through Christ (1 Pet. 2:9) and loved with an unconquerable love (Rom. 12:38-39)?
3. Our circumstances: Do we see our trials, sufferings, and disappointments through physical eyes of pain, discomfort, and inconvenience, or do we realize God is using them to produce in us an “eternal glory” (2 Cor. 4:18), to perfect our faith and make us holy (James 1:2-4), and to prepare us for the “praise and glory and honor” belonging to Christ (1 Pet. 1:7)?

Is it time for a vision check? Is your spiritual vision suffering from persistent nearsightedness? Peter writes in the verses above of spiritual qualities God longs to build in us through Christ, qualities that produce eternal vision and fruitfulness.

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