The Shortsighted Christian

“For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.” 2 Peter 1:9

Christians may become blurry-eyed with respect to our own sins. Sometimes the logs are so big we are virtually blind. Somehow we continue to see the sins of others though. But with respect to our own sins, our eyes have become dim. In this condition we find ourselves often following wrong paths, even falling into dangerous ditches along the way. Woe to the Christian following a blind believer, for they frequently both end up in the same hole. With these dark eyes the light of the Word can hardly be seen. Dim eyes lead to dull ears. As such, we are prone to miss the warnings of the Word and of the hand of God in Providence.

Tears are a great cleanser of the eyes which have become blinded by sin. Tears of repentance. Oh for more of these tears of sorrow for our sin! Confession is a great eye opener. As the heavens are often seen better from the dark valley, so the believer sees all of life better from the deep valley of humiliation and repentance for sin.

The pursuit of holiness will sharpen the vision. Add to faith virtue, and knowledge, and self-control, and perseverance, and godliness, and kindness, and love. Growing Christians see things better than those who are not. And the pure in heart shall see God. They want to know Him. They long to see Him. They search for Him diligently in the Word. They approach every sermon with this question in their heart, “Have you seen the One I love (Song of Solomon 3:3).” They are always looking unto Jesus, and thus their eyes are always being cleansed by His love and grace.

Don’t be a shortsighted saint. Ask the Lord to bless your spiritual eyes. Ask Him to show us great and mighty things in the Scriptures (Jer 33:3). May our prayer always be to Jesus, “Lord, that I may receive my sight (Luke 18:41).” And as the Psalmist “Enlighten my eyes (Psalm 13:3).” And “Open my eyes that I may see wondrous things from Your law (Psalm 119:18).”

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