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Seeing the Unseen

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18

Recently, I had my first annual eye exam since cataract surgery on both eyes. What a difference! I can now read the 20/20 line uncorrected with no difficulty. Considering I've worn glasses since age seven and many of those years with lenses of coke-bottom thickness, it was nothing short of miraculous. Thank you, Jesus!

Without our eyes, we lack one of our most important senses. Our vision sends images to our brains that are processed and stored for immediate action and later recall. As we age and our sight begins to fail, our memories are the recorded images from earlier days of people we loved and places we've been.

But as important as what we can see, our spiritual sight–the ability to see the unseen–is more important. This vision allows us to see beyond the temporal to the eternal. In accepting Jesus, we are gifted a second sight, a type of clairvoyance that gives us the hope of that day to come when we are joined with Jesus and see the world around us with new hope. However, we are often myopic in our spiritual sight; we limit our vision to the former, forgetting the latter.

As Christ's followers, we are to hold to that future hope of heaven while not losing track of the world we live in now. Part of seeing the unseen is to take notice of those often neglected by society–the marginalized and the oppressed. We are to make, or at least to the best of our ability, try and make our temporal home the place God envisioned for the earth to begin with, a place of righteousness where we walk humbly and worshipfully before God—the Eden of Genesis where we treat all those around us with justice and mercy.

Father God, thank you for the sight to see the unseen through Jesus Christ. Guide us by the Holy Spirit to do on earth as if we're already standing before you in heaven. Help us as we strive to live righteously in the here and now–visiting the prisoner, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, caring for the sick, and showing compassion to the migrant. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.


Pastor Tim

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