Insight for Spiritual Eyes

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. Eph 1:18-19a

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To find a Christian with 20/20 vision is a rare discovery. One is more apt to find a believer with spiritual near-sightedness. He can see where he is at, but where he is going is unclear. On occasion you may even encounter the spiritually far-sighted. They have keen vision of where they are going, but they have very little perception of where they are at.

Spiritual near-sightedness can wreak havoc on a believer’s journey. The warnings and road signs posted to make the journey easier are often unperceived until it’s too late. Therefore turns are often missed, requiring alternate routes to be taken to get them back to where they’ve already been, and road hazards are hit with full force. "Dip in the road" signs take on new meaning, often describing the person instead of the impending pitfall. As a result, the weary pilgrim arrives disheveled and much later than expected. His knowledge of by-paths superseded his understanding of the highway due to his constant need for correcting his waywardness.

The far-sighted visionary is also at great disadvantage. He may be focused on the glory of the mountaintops ahead, while falling headlong into the pothole directly before him. Often the smallest stone becomes a source of pain and stumbling. He may make it to his mountain after going through the Valley of Hard Knocks, and when he gets there, he’ll have the scars to prove it.

Blessed is the man who has a fine focus on where he is going as well as a proper perception of his present position. He will be spared much difficulty and pain and make it to his destination in record time!