Sharpening Your Spiritual Sight
Today's article was originally published by the Student Support Program in July 2014. Click here to read the unabridged article.
I found out that I needed glasses when I was about 12 years old. I was at a large event, and someone pointed out one of the signs in the crowd. I tried, but I couldn’t read it. I couldn’t even make out the letters. They were completely blurry.
The thought came up, “Hey, maybe you need glasses?” I kind of doubted that, but I tried on my mom’s glasses, and the sign was clear. All the signs were clear! I had been missing out on so much because I simply thought that I was seeing as well as anyone else and nothing better was really possible. After I experienced the power of corrective lenses, a new world opened up to me.
At this point, you may see where I’m going with this.
Has your heart been touched to prompt you to check your “vision”? Have you experienced God’s spirit and you want to see more? Have you committed your life to Christ, and are you striving daily to keep your focus on Him? Or, have you come to the point where the daily focus on Christ is just too hard and you choose to give your glasses a rest for a while, let your eyes focus on some other things for now?
Keeping Things in Focus
Shortly after I realized that I needed glasses, I went to the optometrist and got myself a pair. I liked having them initially, as kind of a novelty, but after a little while they were a pain, and I didn’t wear them that much. But, when I started driving, I had to start wearing them. Given how bad my sight is without them, I have no choice now but to wear them all the time.
I do know people who wear their glasses only sometimes. I kind of wonder about this. Why would someone give up the chance to always see clearly? When they put their glasses on for the first time in a while, I’ve heard these people say, “Wow, I can’t believe how bad my eyes are! I really need to wear these more often.”
Imagine how much they miss because only a little bit of what their eyes see is in focus.
Catch the Vision
Keeping Christ in focus daily is so important and often difficult. We only spend a few hours each week in fellowship with the saints, where focus comes much more easily. The rest of our week is spent at school or at work or somewhere else where the focus is on anything but Christ.
We need to make the most of the times when we are together and use them to strengthen our focus and maintain us through the more difficult times.
One great opportunity for focus that we have available to us every year is GMBA Campout. The time away from our daily tasks and the influences of the world, combined with the common goal for everyone to receive God’s blessings, provides an environment where focus on Christ becomes much easier.
With many stumbling blocks of the world removed, some find themselves requesting baptism at camp. Others, who once had but lost that focus, find themselves wanting to get it back again.
Don’t allow yourself to be deceived that you need to go through life without seeing clearly. And don’t let yourself forfeit clear sight just because you decide that it's too difficult. Christ gave His life for our salvation. Get your glasses, and always keep them on.
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