Home Chapel Content - January 2016

20/20 Vision

Text:  Ephesians 4:16-18

 

Memory Verse: Psalm 146:8a (NKJV) The Lord opens the eyes of the blind’.

 

Introduction:

Can anyone guess what the most popular surgery is in the world today? Here’s another clue: It’s considered safe, relatively affordable, and relatively effective. The answer: laser eye surgery! People are interested in getting their sight back to 20/20. They want their vision restored. During an eye test, eye doctors use eye charts to measure how well you see in the distance, compared with other human beings. The ideal is to have 20/20 vision.

 

What does 20/20 Vision means? 20/20 vision is considered "normal" vision, meaning you can read at 20 feet a letter that most human beings should be able to read at 20 feet. It is a term used to express normal visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet. Even more so than the people who want their physical sight to be accurate, we as Christians should want our spiritual eyes to be accurate. But what are we fixing our eyes upon?

 

Spiritual Vision

Have you ever tried moving around in the dark - total, pitch-black darkness - in a room that you are fairly well familiar with, and found you stumbled and bumped into everything? Or have you tried to go through your normal motions wearing a blindfold? If so you can probably begin to comprehend how essential vision is. The Bible says a lot about vision. Physical analogies are used to teach spiritual lessons - Prov.29:18 
   "Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he who keeps the law, happy is he."

  • Here the Hebrew word for vision is not the ordinary word for something that is seen. It describes what we call seeing ahead, and knowing what it's all about, in a spiritual sense.
  • Christ had such a clear spiritual vision - John 5:30, I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.
  • Jesus was envisioned by God - Jesus said in John 6:38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.39 This is the will of the Father (now here comes the "vision) who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. 40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.’ (verses 39-40). 
  • Before conversion we were in total spiritual darkness, alienated from God. After conversion, we received new spiritual sight – 2 Corinthians 5:7, 17 and Ephesians 4:16:18.

 

Have a new Perspective – Be Envisioned

  • Spiritual vision enables us to look afar off to the Kingdom of God, to the fulfillment of God's promises.
  • It's hard to see in darkness. So Christ said, "I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness"(John 8:12).
  • It is important to be envisioned by the word of God which lights our path in every area of life.

 

Dealing with spiritual blindness

Now since spiritual blindness afflicts us all to one degree or another, let’s draw some analogies from several physical visual disabilities:

  1. Myopia – It means one can see things near, but can't focus on things far away. How many of us suffer from spiritual myopia? Jesus' friend, Martha inLuke 10:38-42 is a classic example. 
  • Martha had the right attitude. She saw the immediate necessity of serving and was willing. She saw the importance of waiting on Christ.
  • Here is the contrast between the two sisters — Martha could see the near, but couldn't see afar off, however, Mary could see both the immediate necessities of now as well as into the future. 
  • We can see where Martha put all of the emphasis and the importance. Physical service is a necessity, a labour of love, but it has to be kept in its proper perspective – with eternity in mind.

 

  1. Hyperopia – One sees things far away, but can't focus on things near.
    • Too often we take for granted in our spiritual hyperopia that God will automatically place angels to guard us during the night, provide us a good night's sleep, help us, guide us and guard us in all our daily living. And so life becomes monotonous, the same old routine.
    • We concentrate on the expected end while ignoring more pressing and immediate problems.
    • This is being heavenly focused but not being earthly good...not engaging in the world around us. It is important we balance our focus on eternity with engaging with life now.

 

  1. Presbyopia – This is blurred vision that comes with age (think of presbyter, which means elder).
  • This can be applied to many in the Church who solely rely on their seniority and their spiritual age, but whose spiritual vision has become inflexible, impossible to adjust. They act as if they can now coast into the Kingdom without their minds being renewed.
  • Seniority isn't going to accomplish anything for us. A babe in Christ may obtain a higher position in the Kingdom of God than those suffering spiritually from the blurred vision that comes with spiritual old age.

 

  1. Astigmatism – This may cause blurred, hazy vision at any age. Images become distorted, crooked and overlap. A spiritual astigmatic loses his sense of balance and values. As a result he's disorganised, his priorities often wrong. It's almost impossible to reason with a person with this particular problem. This is a very common problem in the Church.
  • Roman 1:21-24 describes a person in this category: This basically means being steeped in bad theology….gambling on one’s own spiritual viewpoint: and as a result, the lights went out. The conduct of our personal lives can jeopardise our relationship with God when our vision is distorted. Also check out Romans 3:12-18. The result: No fear of God.

 

  1. Cataracts – Sins, unrepented of, can lead to this spiritual visual handicap.
  • Our vision is progressively impaired by dimming blind spots that eventually result in total blindness. The apostle Paul wrote of this condition as "having their conscience seared" (1Tim.4:2). 
  • Repentance is key to being free of this spiritual ailment.

 

Achieving Spiritual 20/20 Vision

  • Spiritual 20/20 vision is when we have our vision in every area of life superimposed on and driven by the word of God.

 

  • Psalm 119:105tells how we can develop acute spiritual vision, "Thy word [the revealing Word of God, the light of life] is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." 
  • 2 Peter 1:3 - 10 – When it comes to developing spiritual maturity and really improving our relationship with God, it has to be with all diligence in the word and fellowship with God.

 

 

In Conclusion, regardless of what our circumstances may be now, how we see them is very important. Do we see our situations literally or through the eyes of faith, which is God’s envisioning – the 20/20 vision?

  • For example, if you are sick or broke what do you see? What has God said about your situation?
  • Find out from the word of God and superimpose your findings on your situation. This is spiritual 20/20 vision....seeing as God sees.

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