For 20+ years I have been tied to “readers”. Those little eyeglasses have been like an appendage since I was in my mid 20’s. Through the years as my eyes aged, the glasses grew stronger and stronger. The Lord has been dealing with me about my eye sight in the past few days and yesterday I went to see the eye doctor.
Much to my surprise, those little readers were far from efficient and I was prescribed contacts. Physically speaking, seeing I can now see!! My husband always jokingly said he would never take me to the eye doctor because I thought he was so handsome.
Please allow me to give you an analogy of some of the major differences of how seeing more clearly has impacted my life in the past 24 hours.
- First and foremost, my dear husband is more handsome than I once thought. I now see people in a different way because I can see their physical features clearly. I can see their physical condition whether it be bad or good.
- Not only do I see others more clearly, as I sat down to put on my make up this morning, I could see myself more clearly. I could see my own flaws. The wrinkles that I didn’t realize were there became overly obvious. Seeing myself more clearly in the mirror caused me to understand why others may have their eye make up or lipstick on incorrectly. Perhaps too much or too little makeup was the result of not seeing. Simply stated, those of us who can’t clearly see can’t see the flaws in ourselves either, therefore we can’t see nor understand the flaws in our solution (i.e. the make up).
- Lastly…for now at least, I’m amazed at how often I continue to pick up those readers and throw them on my head. The trepidation of deciding to go in the grocery store and leaving my glasses in the car was a conscious decision I had to make. What if I got in there and couldn’t read the labels?
“23 For if any be a hearer of the Word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholds himself, and goes his way, and straightway forgets what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” James 1:23-25
Now seeing, why would I not continue therein? Once I beheld my natural face in the mirror how could I so quickly forget of what manner I was? I will tell you how. If I take out my contacts and choose to continue wearing those readers, I will soon forget clearly seeing. No longer will I see the flaws in my face therefore the error in my remedy, my makeup, will not be noticed.
“16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
The entirety of the Word of God; the full counsel, rightly divided Word of God is profitable for reproof, correction and instruction. When we go our own way and follow vain philosophies from the minds of man, we straightway forget what manner of man we are. The leaven leavens and we don’t notice our flaws nor see the error in the leaven.
“Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and know not that you are wretch, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel you to buy of Me (Jesus) gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich; and white raiment, that you may be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness do not appear; and anoint your eyes with eyesalve, that you may see.” Revelation 3:17-18
There are many in the modern apostate church today who need their eyes anointed with eyesalve that they may see. For some, this is easily discerned. At times, it is disheartening, aggravating and if I’m completely honest…sometimes I just want to shake some sense into them. But I can’t…and neither can you by the way.
What we must understand is they don’t not see because they are rejecting the Cross of Christ but they reject the Cross of Christ because they can’t see. They no longer look into the perfect law of liberty by faith in the Cross of Christ but are looking through the readers of religion and have straightway forgotten what manner of man they are.
I shutter to think of how I would have reacted if, while not being able to see, someone who could see told me every time I looked in the mirror how awful I looked and when I applied my make up how I was doing it all wrong. Is that what so many of us who can see, spiritually speaking, are doing to those who can’t? I knew I couldn’t see and thankfully someone told me of a physician who could help me see. For years I chose not to go see this physician but when I finally did…I can now see clearly.
There is a Great Physician Who can heal our weary souls but we must be willing to remove our religious readers and choose His Prescribed Order…Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Keep telling them of Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He has done for whosoever will believe, so when they do decide to freely choose, they know in Whom to believe.
-Donna Clark Warren