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Seeing Well


Doctor, doctor my eyesight is getting worse!

You are certainly right,
this is the post office.

 

 

 

 

Can you normally see things around you?  I mean some of us have to raise
our head a little or lower our head a little to adjust the line of
sight through the lenses resting on our nose.  Some of us need to
squint to focus.  Some of us need to lean in or lean away from
something.  But most of us can see around us.  Some people are blind,
but even in their lack of eyesight, they can very much sense what is
around them through familiarity or through enhancement of their other senses.

The two verses that Steve has chosen for us to focus on this week about
about…well…focus.  What are we focused on?  What are we choosing
to see around us?  What, or better yet who, determines what we see
around us?

All of us see things in life through a filter.  We choose the filter.  Let
me explain.  Just as some of us put on glasses to change the way we
see things, all of us choose a way to see the world around us.  Some
of us choose to see the world negatively.  Some see the world
positively.  Some see people as bad.  Some see people as good.  Some
are more focused on other people’s mistakes.  Some are more focused
on other people’s gifts.  Some are focused on serving.  Some are
focused on getting.  Some have the focus that everyone’s against
them.  Some see themselves as unique creation of God.  I think you
get the picture now.

Jesus brings this up in very simple form…and I love it.  There are two
worlds in Jesus Kingdom.  There is the world of evil and the world of
righteousness.  He is from the world of righteousness.  We choose
every day what world we see…or focus on…or live in.  We choose to
see Satan’s lies as truth and live accordingly.  We choose to see
God’s truths as perfect and from Him and live accordingly.  It’s our
choice what we see.

The tough part here is that many of us feel stuck with glasses that we’ve
had on for awhile.  It’s hard for us to see the goodness and mercy
and love in the world around us.  We’re in the habit of being
negative, carrying burdens, seeing the worst in people and the world
around us.  But it is a choice.  On some levels this may seem like
“new age” talk…but it is our reality. 

Jesus said if our eyesight is healthy, we will see righteousness…and act
accordingly…thus, our body will be full of light.  In other words,
God will shine through us.  If our eyes are unhealthy, meaning that
we’re not seeing things as God sees, then we stray away from Godlike
things and actions and thoughts and God’s light does not shine.
Darkness is in us.  As Yoda says, “
The dark side clouds everything. Impossible to see the light…”

So…what do we do if we realize that
God’s light isn’t beaming through us?  We make a decision to change a
couple things.  We need to change the way we think and act.  Here is
where Peter, John and Paul simply amaze me in the book of Acts.
Peter and John simply know, see, the world through God’s eyes.  They
know God is with them.  They know that everyone around them are loved
unconditionally by God.  They know that God has a plan for their
lives.  They know that Jesus came back to life…they saw Him with
their own eyes…and because of that they know that nothing is going
to keep them away from Heaven.  They know and see this world as
temporary…not necessarily their home.  It doesn’t matter what the
world or Satan (darkness) does to them…their destiny is determined.
Therefore their actions show it.  They do things God would do.  They
love people like God loves.  They speak as though they are directed
with the very thoughts of God.  They are seeing through God’s eyes.

Do you want that type of life?  No fear
but the fear of God?  A life full of hope rather than negativity?
Reasons to smile and shine rather than reasons to frown and cast a
shadow wherever you go?  Peter and John and Paul…and others through
the Bible…when they truly saw God’s goodness, wanted it.  They
prayed more, listened more, obeyed more and just being closer to God
in these ways became more like Him.  He shined through them.

Philippians 4:8-9 says this, “Finally,
brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever
is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is
admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about
such things. Whatever
you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it
into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

Doesn’t that fit really
great with what Jesus said?  Paul knows this because he lived it,
experienced it and is giving us his testimony.  God’s peace will be
with you.  The more he lived it, the more he  experienced that peace.
The more he experienced it, the more he realized the truth of
it…and the more he wanted to pass it on to others.

The question is…do
you want that peace…that light?  Do you want to pass it on?  My
guess is that you do.  Dig into His word, ask others who show His
light, and pray for Him to show you how to get better “eyesight.”

Love, Serve, Spread the
Word,

Ed

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