My friend, may I ask you a question? Is your vision of death a clear one? Or, are you looking at death with myopic eyes? When you look at what awaits all of us at the end of our days, are you seeing a picture that is filled with pain and suffering?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
I am near-sighted and wear trifocals. I recall when I first began to notice the need to get corrective help. I wasn’t able to read things close up. I noticed it with maps and computer screens and numerous other readable materials. It wasn’t long that I found myself in the optometrist’s chair with an ocular viewer pushed in front of my eyes. The chart on the far wall was quite blurry below the second or third line. It was obvious I have a real problem. The doctor pushed lens combination after lens combination into the viewer. Gradually he progressed to a lens strength that was beginning to bring the entire chart into focus. Finally, one last snap and I was able to see things clearly for the first time in years. My loss had been so gradual that I had not even grasped the extant to which I had become debilitated. I returned to the optometrist’s office a few days later anxious to try my new glasses. Sitting down at the fitting desk, the technician methodically adjust- ed the ear pieces to fit snugly and then sent me on my way. I just couldn’t wait to pick up something to read. Looking around I grabbed the highway map that was tucked into the visor. Unbelievable! I could even identify the smallest little communities on the map. For the first time I could see beyond my normal vision into a place of better vision. My headaches were gone and reading and looking at the computer screen was much easier.
Is your vision of death a clear one? Or, are you looking at death with myopic eyes? When you look at what awaits all of us at the end of our days, are you seeing a picture that is filled with pain and suffering? Perhaps you are concerned about a lingering death or a time of dependent suffering. These are the visions common to all who have nothing more to look forward to than death itself. Unfortunately, that may be the majority of folks we know. But, it should never be the vision of a Christian to whom God has given a different vision.
A Christian sees death through the “perfected” eyes of Christ Himself. Since we live in Him, He gives us the eyes of faith–His eyes. We can now see as He does, through the pain and the suffering, through the uncertainty and the dependence, into the resurrection and eternal life in Heaven. If we dwell with but the eyes of reason, we dwell as if we were constantly in need of corrective lenses. We simply can’t see past our “bad vision.” How do you get the eyes of faith? Simply by reading and believing in God’s Word. When you diligently study Scriptures on a daily basis, the Holy Spirit will work a life focusing, death penetrating, faith in your heart. You will no longer see with the imperfect eyes of reason. With God’s Word as your guide, you will see with the perfected eyes of Christ Himself.
We pray. Heavenly Father, Lord, we praise You for inviting us into your eternal purpose. I thank You that You are working out everything in conformity with the purpose of Your will (Ephesians 1:11). You are the master strategist. Give us a greater vision of your purpose for our lives. Awaken our hearts and establish Your reign in our lives. Out of Your glorious riches strengthen us with power through Your Spirit and give us a spirit of wisdom and revelation that we may know you better (Ephesians 3:16-17). Make us fully alive to Your destiny in our lives. Make Your Spirit our vision–now and forever. In Jesus Name. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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