Monday, March 27th, 2017
Self-Examination (Part 6)
Where there is no vision, the people perish.
Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)
So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Matthew 6:31-33 (NIV)
You cannot serve both God and money.
Matthew 6:24 (NIV)
Physically, vision is valuable. Spiritually, vision is vital. The Bible speaks a lot about our eyes: what we choose to see and how we see it--as well as clarity, light and darkness. While Jesus restored sight to blind people, He diagnosed spiritual blindness: a potentially fatal condition.
One common eye-ill is myopia, also known as near or short-sightedness. Spiritually, myopic victims focus and fixate on the obvious: the needs and wants of day-to-day living. Their needs? Food, clothes, shelter and family. Their wants? Money, power and lots of bling.
In the days of Jesus, Jewish leaders were extraordinarily short-sighted: forgetting their eternal destinies, preferring soon-to-go worldly treasures. Among earth's men, they should have known better, because the Lord Personally taught them.
Today's faith leaders should know better, too, because God's Own Spirit should indwell them, as they should dwell in Christ, their Example. They've got even more Ways to see clearly.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Media meisters are short-sighted. Ratings, profits and the next new thing are their superficial focal points. That's okay. In this field, you can rise. God carefully placed you among them, and He's given you His Own Hand up. Just don't start seeing things like they do. Because your eyes must stay on Jesus.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination series.