Perfect Sight (2 Cor 4:18)

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18, KJV)

When I was younger, I had better than 20-20 vision. I could see a fly on a telephone pole at a great distance. Unfortunately, one morning at the age of about 50 something happened. I was sitting with a group of men in a restaurant. We were all taking turns reading a chapter of the Bible. When it was my turn, I struggled to read the verses assigned. I held the Bible farther away and one of my friends on the other side of the table offered to hold it for me. It was at this stage that I knew I had a vision problem. I went to the drugstore and purchased a set of readers, which helped immensely.

However, my eyesight continued to worsen. I went to the eye-doctor and he wrote me a prescription for a pair of glasses. I got my first set of bifocals. From that point on my eyesight continued to change and I have continued to get new glasses every few years. The doctor informed me that this is a normal part of aging for some people. Good vision is important for people to do many tasks.

While it is conjecture, some think that Paul’s letter to the Galatians indicates that his eyesight had weakened. He wrote, “See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand” (Galatians 6:11, ESV). (Others believe he wrote in capital letters to make a bold emphasis at its conclusion.) If Paul’s physical eyesight had deteriorated, one thing is for certain, his spiritual eyesight had not.

People may have both physical vision and spiritual vision. While the former can deteriorate, the later can constantly improve. Jesus alluded to this in statements He made after healing a man born blind. “And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.” (John 9:39, KJV).

Paul, wrote of several reasons that he could not quit preaching the gospel regardless of the intensity of affliction that he endured. These are listed in previous devotions. Here, he wrote of one more. It was his spiritual vision. Whether he was having physical vision problems or not, his spiritual vision was sharp. He looked not at the temporal, but the eternal. He had a clear focus on the unseen things of heaven. It was this focus on the future glory that moved him to serve the Lord with such passion.

In our lives, we may struggle with physical sight and not be able to see things well. Some people, even with corrective lenses, still struggle to see things clearly. However, when a person comes to faith, they suddenly have clear spiritual vision. They get a vision of eternal life. Moreover, the more they grow in the faith their spiritual vision gets even better. It moves from 20-20 to increasingly better than 20-20.

Let us keep our spiritual eyes focused on the things that really matter. Spend time contemplating the glory of heaven. Thank the Lord for giving you the guarantee of eternal life. Continue to seek Him in every way and the things of heaven will grow much sharper for you.

Published by Steve Hankins, Th.D.

Steve has had extensive military, business and ministry experience. He has served for over 16 years in full time vocational ministry and many years of part time ministry in churches. He has led churches through start-up and recasting of vision. Now He resides on the Outer Banks of North Carolina where he is working to help smaller churches and believers to renew their hearts and regain the joy of the Lord.

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