Yesterday I wrote about how so many people fail to tap into the strength they have as believers by finding their joy in the Lord and not their circumstances. This failure to find joy in the right place relates directly to lack of vision, or at least, the right kind of vision.
If I take out my contacts, or take off my glasses, I can’t see. Well, that’s not exactly true. I can see a little, as long as it’s close. Anything beyond about 20 feet just goes blurry. I always say that when I look out on the congregation without my specs they look like a bunch of M&Ms spilled out all over the place.
I’m used to it, mind you; I’ve worn glasses since the 3rd grade, and contacts since the 8th. But it’s starting to change. You see, this December I will be 40. The big four-oh. And it seems that the dreaded lens of “old age” is calling me.
With my contacts in, I need reading glasses to see up close. With my glasses, I have to peek over the top of them to read things up close. Why must vision be so complicated? My brother-in-law is in his last year of residency for opthalmology, so I’m hoping he’ll remember how close we’ve always been and give me LASIK when he starts his practice (actually I’ll let him practice on a few before he does mine 🙂 ).
Proverbs 29:18 says that “where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained; but happy is he who keeps the law.” Jesus tells us that the greatest law is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and all your strength” (Mark 12:30). Right on the heels of that, He says: “And the second, like it, is this: you shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment (law) greater than these” (verse 31).
When we are loving God the way we should through His Son Jesus, trusting Him with all we are and all we have, then we will find our heart aligning with His. When that happens, we will see people the way Jesus does, and love them with His kind of love–a love that doesn’t judge based on appearance or past action, but offers forgiveness to all who will choose to receive it.
Jesus tells us to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). We lose our vision when we take our eyes off the goal. The goal is to glorify God, to attain the Mind of Christ, to follow Him and His example. When we do this, we find a joy in His presence that can’t be found anywhere else, a joy that surpasses our circumstances. If you’re having trouble with your spiritual vision, maybe it’s time to go see the Doctor and get a new prescription.