I was long overdue for a new pair of glasses. It had been over three years since I had my eyes tested and I could tell that I was need of an exam. After going through the testing and the joy of having my eyes dilated, I sat down with the glasses salesperson. I landed on a frame that I liked and then she began to inform me of all of my lens options. She was pushing hard for me to get HD lenses. They were a little more expensive than I wanted to pay but she convinced me. I thought to myself, “They can’t really be that much better.”
A week later, I got the call telling me that my glasses were ready to be picked up. I was excited to finally get a new pair. The glasses that I had been wearing were beat up and sat a little bit crooked on my face. They had been through a lot with me. Finally, I got to put the new pair on, and I immediately said “Wow!” I couldn’t believe how sharp everything looked. It was like I was seeing clearly for the first time in my life.
In 2 Peter 1: 5-9, Peter talks about how we can have poor spiritual eyesight.
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
It all, just like this list, starts with faith. Once we have placed our faith in Christ, then we need to make sure our actions match what we believe. Our faith was never meant to be passive. We are called to always be working on it so that others may see what we believe. We need to walk the walk if we’re going to talk the talk.
Peter tells us here that if you do these things, then you will be able to see. Isn’t that what we want to strive for, to be able to spiritually see? I hope that we all want to live out our faith in a way that we feel the same way I did when I first put on my new glasses. We have a choice to make every day, to be able to see or to walk around blind.
If I didn’t put my glasses on each morning, then I would struggle throughout the day. So many things that look beautiful in this world would look dull and blurry. That’s the same thing as striving to live out your faith to the best of your ability. If you do that, you will see spiritual things sharper than you have ever imagined. Look over that list that Peter gave us and think about the aspects of your faith that need to be improved. Then get to work and get ready for God to show you things that will make you say “Wow!”