Corinthians II 4:18
So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
How’s your vision these days? As we get older and all of us are, our vision changes. For most of us as we age our vision gets weaker, even for those that never needed glasses as a younger person. Suddenly, reading the newspaper becomes more of a chore along with reading those pesky phone numbers out of a phone book. If you remember what a phone book even is!
Unfortunately for me, it’s even worse. I’ve worn glasses for many years. I was in 3rd or 4th grade when I got my first pair. At that time, I really only needed them when I was reading so for a long time my glasses were sort of optional. Then I hit my 40s and they weren’t quite so optional. I wore them at work and when I was reading. Then, came the fifties, I started wearing my glasses all the time, reading or not. And now as I approach the sixties, reading has become a struggle for me.
Thank God for e-readers. I truly mean this. I love to read! Without reading, life wouldn’t be quite as fulfilling. E-readers have made reading fun for me again–but that’s not the point.
So, in the natural our vision gets weaker and weaker as we age, but the opposite is true in the supernatural. Or at least it should be! No matter what our physical age, as we mature spiritually, we should be able to see the important things in life–the things that God values.
How’s your spiritual vision these days? Are you seeing what is truly important or are you focused only on what you can see. A big house? A fancy car? The size of a bank account? Our earthly bodies?
When we see a person different from us, do our spiritual eyes only see the differences? They aren’t as pretty, as smart, as educated, or in the same socioeconomic level as us. Or do we use our spiritual eyes to see a person whom God created and loves just as much as us?
As Christians we know we are to love others and we do! Or at least we say we do. We can say the right words, but our actions will tell the real story.
Are we kind to strangers? Do we make an effort to connect with others even if it’s for a brief second in our day? Do we display patience and love even when no one is around to see how “good” we are?
Our spiritual eyes aren’t just about how we treat people, though that’s certainly very important. Our spiritual eyes are about how we live our life and what we value in life. It’s about valuing the things God values and then showing that we value those things with our actions. As it says in James 1: 22–Be doers of the Word and not hearers only,
I don’t know about you, but it’s easy for me to let my spiritual eyes get weak.
So, what’s the verdict, is it time for a spiritual eye exam?