By Lisa Huddleston
“In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Cor. 4:4).
Yesterday morning, as I sat at my kitchen table drinking coffee and reading my Bible, I had a weird sensation that I was being watched. I looked out the window to discover a large bird sitting on the back fence and staring at the house. Because I am terribly near-sighted, I squinted to determine what it was. Hawk? Owl? Hmmmm … not sure. I even picked up my husband’s glasses which were lying close at hand. No help at all. So I opened the back door and slowly walked out onto the porch. Yes, it was a hawk, and he was looking right at me! After a couple of seconds of staring, he calmly turned and lifted himself into the air with his wide spread wings as I watched in wonder. How unusual!
But this has been an unusual week. My husband has been working around the house and yard instead of going to his office. The kids have been busy with VBS. I attended my first online class in a chat room. And we missed our mid-week anchor—Bible study and choir rehearsal. Things are simply out of whack.
In addition, I’ve had the unsettling feeling that God is trying to tell me something that I just haven’t been getting. I’ve been picking up vibes for some time, but maybe I haven’t wanted to see the truth. And that’s what I need to write about today—seeing.
As if having a stare down (or squint down) with a hawk weren’t enough, I have had some other reminders of the importance of seeing. A friend had sudden corneal trouble and couldn’t see clearly. Several other acquaintances have shared their visions of me, and I’ve been surprised by their take. And I received an email this morning from another friend asking me to help her to see her “blind spots.” In each of these situations, the problem has been exactly the same—an inability to see with clear vision.
So what? Just this. Clear vision is important. It’s important in our physical lives, and it’s important in our emotional and spiritual lives. In the passage in 2 Corinthians 4, Paul writes about the importance of clear vision in sharing the gospel, the truth about Jesus Christ. He says that the gospel is veiled from those who are perishing and this veiling is not an accident. The god of this world, better known to us as Satan, is blinding them to the truth. And what is that truth? That Jesus Christ is the very image of God!
Who else has been made in the image of God? Mankind! (See Gen. 1:26-27.) Yes, that means you, and it even means me. And isn’t that another truth that the devil would love to keep us blinded to? As long as we can’t see clearly the gifts and abilities that God has placed in us to use for his kingdom, then we can be kept blind and ineffective, unable to see the glory of Jesus Christ at work in our lives and through us in the lives of those around us.
But we don’t have to stay that way! Paul reminded the Corinthians and he reminds us today that what we are to proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord. We have the ability and the responsibility to let His light shine in the darkness as it has already shone in our hearts in order to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God to a world that cannot see. Like flashlights in the dark, we can help others see—if we are willing to open our own eyes to His vision for us. Do you see what I see? Or better yet, do we see what He sees?