I have had glasses since I was 13 years old. I never thought I needed them but when I put them on for the first time, I realized I was looking at life through an into the spider-verse like episode and realized with right sight the world looked very different! Every time I took my glasses off, I became adjusted to the blur that I allowed myself to see. Ephesians talks about eyesight. In the first chapter of Ephesians, author Paul, shares about the eyes of our heart. Did you know you have that?! Crazy!
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy place in his holy people (NIV)
We don’t realize, but the eyes of our heart can have the issues our actual eyes have. Optometry 101 lesson for you! There are two types of blurred vision. Near-sighted vision and far-sighted vision. It’s the same for the eyes of our heart. We may have near sighted or far sighted focus. Sometimes we take off the lens of purpose and life starts to distort itself. My hope today is, as you read this, you begin to see with correct vision. A pre to break those barriers and give prescription for a purpose.
1. Near Sighted focus
Have you ever been so focused on the issues around you that you forget to see the positives? If that’s you then you have experienced near sighted focus. It can become easy to look at life through this lens because of all the distractions, tasks, and responsibilities we have in our day to day lives. However, have you ever thought that the ‘oppositions’ that you may have are actually your opportunities in disguise? What you are facing and going through is the very thing that is giving life to your testimonies. Understand that what we go through is strengthening us to the goal we are desiring What you are walking through is giving life to everything around you! Walk confidently knowing you have a faithful guide in Christ.
2. Far-Sighted Focus
When I was younger my mom gave me the greatest advice of my life. She said,” Tyler, if you want a wife one day you will need to impress her! You need to learn how to cook, clean, do dishes, laundry, and be able to take care of her.” Mom was right because I am married to the best person on the planet! When my mom started showing me how to cook, I would get extremely frustrated! It would never turn out the way it should, taste, or look. The problem was I was too focused on the product instead of the process. My mom would ask if I used all the ingredients and I would nod, not confidently, and next to me would be things like flour, eggs, and milk. You know, the little things. Far-sighted focus is one that seeks only the promise but not the process.
Many of us, in the time and generation we are in, neglect that the promise is a process. It takes time, effort, and molding to achieve the product desired. Bishop T.D. Jakes gives us an incredible analogy on this. He says, “To many times we pray for a table and God gives us a tree.” Let me put this in better perspective for you. We pray for more opportunity, but God gave you a church to serve at. We pray for more knowledge but neglect the college classes we have. We can be present but never be in the presence of what God is doing already!
Throughout our lives we will see through both lenses. Maybe some of you right now are viewing life through one of the two. So the real question is how do we receive a clear vision of our calling? Trick question, you don’t, you get a clear vision when focused on your purpose. You see, calling is what God has put on our hearts, but purpose is what our hearts beat for. Our purpose, first and foremost, is to love the Lord and share the radical life change that only God can give! Ephesians 1:18 shares what we need to do to have a clear vision.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy place in his holy people. (NIV)
Did you know that your eyes see more when there is more light poured into them? The verse shares that the eyes of our heart may be enlightened. What Paul is sharing in this is the more we pour Christ into our heart, soul, and life, the more clear our direction will become. It sounds so simple but we can all agree we have done this a time or two!
Maybe you are facing cross roads right now. You don’t know where to go or what to do. You are battling directions and if they are right or not. There is hope my friend. Dive deeper, pursue more, and grow stronger in your walk. I promise, firsthand, the direction and plan God gives you will be better than your thinking about right now!