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What Do You See?

February 9, 2013

“Vision” is a topic we hear lots about. We often call people “visionaries”. Persons who have invented amazing new inventions  are called visionaries. There are persons who envision a goal such as being immensely  successful in business. Others have idealistic goals such as world peace, feeding the starving, educating the illiterate, or preserving the environment.

But what is your vision? Everyone has a vision: finding the perfect mate, getting a college education, buying a home, starting a business. Of course, vision is seeing. I think “visionaries”  are people who persist in their goals and dreams until they come true. So, I believe that the following Biblical text is ideal for those who want to go to heaven.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside  every  weight and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”  (Hebrews 12:1-2, ESV)

For the Christian there is only one focal point: Jesus.  No other  goal will be satisfying. Worldly  goals can elate you, fortify you, pleasure you: but no other goal can save your soul! When our vision is misdirected an idol takes Jesus’ place. Satan’s intent is to dethrone Jesus from your heart by offering substitutes. When one becomes distracted from Jesus , even though he may not realize it, he is selling out Jesus for the tawdry prizes of a penny arcade. Jesus has gazillions of blessings for you, which he alone offers and supplies. These blessings are not limited to this world, although we have many here on earth; but we have an inheritance “that is imperishable,  undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you…” (I Peter 1:4 ESV)

It must have been in some old western movie when I was a kid that I first saw a team of mules with what looked to be leather flaps on either side of their heads. This was a puzzle to me until I learned the were “blinders”, a device to keep the mules from seeing distractions that caused them to go off course. Christians need spiritual blinders to give them focus! We must not let ourselves gaze upon the enticements of Satan so that we lose sight of our heavenly home!

Hebrews 12:1-2 is magnificent!  We could have no better example or hero than Jesus. The writer pinpoints Jesus as the greatest of examples for man to follow. The language is intense: we might say, “Fix your gaze upon Jesus.”  Websters Dictionary says gaze means “to fix the eyes in a steady intent look.”

There was a dim-witted young man in a small town who one day burst into the local coffee shop enthusiastically telling everyone  how he had found a $20 bill while walking around with his head down. So he spent the remainder of his life walking all around with his head down looking for lost coins and bills. What did he gain from all this?  A crick in the neck,  a hump in his back and $78.11!

Moral: What you see is what you get!

REM

Kudos to Mary Garrett of Kemp, Oklahoma for the quote of the week. “We must realize that even though Salvation is free, it is not cheap!”

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3 Comments
  1. Mary Garrett permalink

    Thank you, Randy for using my quote. How many times have we heard that? But do we actually realize what it means? I think not, many times. But we need to ponder on that thought. Love this post, too. Mary

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  2. I’ve posted a “share” of this entry on my facebook page.

  3. Nancy Giles permalink

    Randy, thank you for the up-lifting blog. I look forward to each one.

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