A while back I heard of a lady who had a most unusual vision. She told her husband, “Sweetheart, I had a vision last night that you bought me a huge diamond necklace for our anniversary.” The husband, wanting to show that he was engaged, mentally present and attentive, that evening brought home a beautifully gift-wrapped box. His wife was so excited to open it. As she eagerly tore open the wrapping to see her diamond necklace, instead she found a little book, entitled, “How to interpret your dreams.”
What about our dreams, or actually our vision? What is it that we see? How adept is our spiritual vision? If you’re a believer, I would suspect there are times in which you do it quite well – whether it’s a person, a possession or a situation your “spiritual eyes” move you to conviction and/or compassion. And, I’m guessing, it’s safe to say, other times – not so much. Wouldn’t it be something to be able to live day in and day out with truly focused spiritual eyes? We try, but the Lord did it!
There are many times in the Lord’s life in which He is said to physically look at something. When He multiplied food, He took the five loaves and the two fish and “looked up to heaven.” (Mk. 6:41) Then there’s that time when the religious people were giving their offerings, “Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box.” (Lk. 21:1) And you remember the time in which He had righteous indignation, “And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart….” (Mk. 3:5) The point is, Jesus “did life” looking through the lens of spiritual, physical eyes. In other words, He viewed every situation from the standpoint of His Heavenly Father’s perspective.
What about us? What do we see? What is our vantage point in life? Is it earthbound or is it heaven based? Do we see things (people, time, money, possessions, work, food, etc.) differently than someone who is earth focused? Those are some serious questions. And the way you and I answer those questions says a lot about who and where we are spiritually. To follow Jesus – make no mistake about it – is to look at life differently!
It was the apostle Paul who said, “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” (2 Co 4:16-18) Choosing to be intentional about viewing life from God’s vantage point will make a huge difference when our spiritual walk seems flat.