During the Christmas holidays, we watched the movie “The Santa Clause.” In one scene, an elf says to Santa, “Seeing isn’t believing, believing is seeing.” Who would have thought that a movie about Santa would have such a profound biblical truth?
Isn’t that what faith is—believing before we see?
I’ve been thinking about that and about the new year. I’ve been asking God what I should focus on for 2020. Suddenly it occurred to me that there was a play on words there. The best way to focus is to have 20/20 vision.
What would it take to have 20/20 vision in a spiritual sense? Here is what I believe the Lord showed me.
1. Take care of your eyes.
“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light,” – Matthew 6:22
2. Guard your eyes.
“I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless.” – Psalm 101:3
3. Ask for your eyes to be opened.
“Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” – Psalm 119:18
4. Ask for your eyes to be turned.
“Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things
5. Ask for your eyes to be enlightened.
“Having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,” – Ephesians 1:18
6. Clean out your eyes.
“Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” – Matthew 7:3
7. Look beyond what you think you can see.
“As we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 4:19
8. Lift up your eyes.
“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” – Psalm 121:1-2
My challenge for 2020 is to ask God to help me become more intentional about these 8 ways improve my spiritual vision. As I do this, I believe God’s priorities will come into focus.
Will you join me in this challenge?