“Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.”
I remember being 11 or 12 years old and being jealous of all of my classmates who wore glasses (nerds represent). It didn’t matter how close to my wood paneled TV screen I sat, my vision remained 20/20 until I had almost graduated high school. You can imagine how excited I was to hear from the optometrist that I had “slight” impairment in “one” eye from “extreme” distances. This was my moment to join the cool crowd! So I joined the ranks of four-eyed nerds and went on with my life. Today I spend an average of 10 hours a day in front of a screen and I keep up with my glasses like I keep up with my phone. My slight impairment has changed to blurred vision and headaches if I try to go a day without my goggles.
My dependency on my glasses has come with age, but they remind me of our dependency on Christ to “see straight”. We need focus in order to read God’s word, sure, but more importantly we need focus to continue his work without getting distracted by our phones, TV’s, our careers, and yes, even our families. Paul explains our need for focus when he writes, “no soldier get entangled in civilian affairs” in 2 Timothy 2 to help us understand a key truth about focus. It isn’t that all civilian pursuits are evil; nor is it that phone, or TV’s, or careers, but it is that when we entangle ourselves in them we get slowed down and everything stop’s moving forward altogether.
This week, let’s turn our attention from our own lives just a little more and look clearly through the biblical lens prescribed to us by Jesus to see and serve the Lord.
-Devin and Sarah