It was suggested to me that today’s post should be about a game of whirlyball that I participated in last week. Although I discovered how amazing whirlyball is while playing with my church’s college group, I unfortunately will not be writing about that.
Instead, I’m writing about glasses.
I got my first pair of glasses when I was in elementary school. The bright purple and green glasses had me feeling like the coolest kid in my class. But once I had to get braces in 7th grade, I switched over to contacts. I’ve never worn a pair of glasses since then.
This past Saturday, I decided to order a new pair of glasses after 10 years. As I reflected back to trying on different pairs, I thought about the blessing that glasses and contacts are; they improve our vision so that we can engage in life to the fullest.
I realized the same applies to Christianity. We may not be aware of it, but sometimes our hearts’ “vision” begins to deteriorate and they aren’t able to see as clearly as they may have in the past. In these moments, we need to put on glasses so that our hearts can see what God desires.
We can pray that God will give us clarity to see:
The more we engage in our sin, the harder it can be to recognize it as we justify our actions. We become numb to sin as conviction begins to fade away. It doesn’t matter if the sin is theft, pride, gluttony, gossip, hatred, using God’s name in dishonorable ways, murder, sex outside of marriage, or creating an idol (money, appearance, other people). No matter what we perceive to be the size and seriousness of sin, it’s deliberate disobedience against God.
If we are genuinely seeking to honor God with our lives, we can ask Him to give us “clear vision” to see how we may be dishonoring Him. Psalm 139:23-24 says this:
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
What breaks His heart
There’s a lot of pain and suffering in our world as a consequence of sin: human trafficking, starvation, incurable diseases, persecution of Christians internationally, abuse, and countless other things.
As Christians, we haven’t been called to merely share the Gospel — our lives are supposed to reflect the faith that we have in God. Our faith and love for Him will be shown through our actions as we serve others. The author of Hebrews wrote this in chapter 13, verse 16:
“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”
We can pray that God will open the eyes of our hearts to the pain that others experience, so that a burden may be placed on our hearts to help. How can we “share with others”? With our time through volunteering, with our monetary resources, using our gifts and abilities to help others in specialized ways, and more!
The depth of His Word
There is so much richness in the Bible that can easily be overlooked. And if you’ve been a Christian for a considerable amount of time, it’s easy to think that there’s nothing more to learn from a simple passage.
Oh, how little we know!
If our hearts are receptive and humbled before God, we will see that there are still things to learn that we never would have imagined!
“Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long” (Psalm 25:4-5).
It’s when we remain in our pride and stubbornness that we will fail to discover the truths that God has gifted us in His Word.
Whether our hearts need glasses to recognize our sin, to learn what breaks God’s heart so that we may serve others, or to comprehend His Word, we have so much to gain! When we genuinely seek His guidance to better ourselves for Him, He will provide us with the glasses our hearts need to see clearly.