by Svetlana Papazov @SvetlanaPapazov
For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth, that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. 2 Chronicles 16:9 NASB
Have you ever been to the eye doctor for an exam? Many of us go in thinking we can see just fine; but as the doctor puts our vision to the test with various lenses, we are surprised to discover that our vision is worse than we ever expected.
I’ve had a bad case of astigmatism since my childhood. With an astigmatism, you get used to seeing the world somewhat distorted and think that what you see is normal. To my surprise, when I looked through the doctor’s prescribed lenses, I could actually see the right letters and numbers on the eye chart. I’ve now gone through enough exams to know not to trust the accuracy of my vision without the correct adjustments.
Our spiritual vision can be just as warped. Think about the inner voice that talks to you during the day. Most of the time the words we hear about ourselves and others are not encouraging. This is due to our sinful nature, which makes our brain’s default to be negative.
This means that our minds need new lenses to help us see what Jesus sees in us and in others. The good news is that He has made us a new creation. Our new identity is not predicated on how we, or others, see us but how God does. It is all about who He created you to be.
When it comes to our identity in Christ, we often need a vision adjustment.
We often have blind spots that affect our vision. In Mark 2:13-17, the Pharisees’ vision was distorted. They only saw Levi as a tax collector who extorted money from his own people. Their vision was limited to seeing him as a despised, ugly outcast of their society; someone not acceptable to their “pure” community. They failed to see him as God’s creation, dearly loved by Him.
We all have blind spots when it comes to how we view others. Jesus warned his disciples about that: “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:3 NASB).
The Bible is an awesome vision adjuster. It’s illuminating light gives us clear vision of the reality around us. It tells us that Jesus sees us through the lens of grace (undeserved favor), not through our performance. When we understand and appreciate the grace God has given us, we are able to see others through God’s eyes.
Prayer: Jesus, we thank you for who you are. We are thankful that you see us as restored, redeemed, healed, transformed and so much more. Help us to discover who you say that we are, and help us to see others the way that you see them. Amen.
About the author: Dr. Svetlana Papazov is a wife, mother of two, lead pastor of Real Life Church in Midlothian, VA, seminary professor, and a mentor of trailblazer leaders. She is the President Elect of National Speakers Association, VA and speaks at conferences and retreats, consults and trains various denominational networks, associations, churches, and marketplace leaders to become transformation catalysts for their communities.
Svetlana’s newly released book, Church for Monday: Equipping Believers for Mission at Work, guides the local church in preparing believers for the workweek to re-establish the Church’s witness in the public arena. This is the gospel for a new generation and a must-read for anyone who longs to see the Good News move beyond Sunday to the world. To connect with Svetlana for your next event, go to ChurchForMonday.com
Join the conversation: What vision adjustment has the Lord given you lately?