Thursday, May 13, 2010

looking at the invisible

2 Corinthians 4:18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
I think I've come across one of the big reasons why Christians feel double-minded, living a sub-par life and only limited in effectiveness:  We aren't looking at the unseen enough!  This sounds can you see things which can't be seen?  But then, as we think about it, isn't everything that is of lasting value unseen?  We can't see God, Jesus, Heaven or any of the spiritual dynamic forces such as grace, mercy and peace.  Yet, if we meditate over these "unseen things" we experience a great filling of joy, peace and purpose and we are realigned with our eternal destiny.  This morning I was greatly encouraged and challenged as I read through 2 Corinthians, chapter 4.   Paul was sharply focused on his unseen God in everything he seemed to do.  He discusses the wonder of the "One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ" (verse 6)  Paul reminds us that this Light is a treasure, beyond any that can be seen or touched, and yet it lives inside us...something like putting an intense laser beam inside a simple clay pot.  When others see the impact of this invisible Light on our lives and in our purpose, some of them will also be drawn to look for the invisible source...only to find themselves looking into the face of God.   There is natural light we cannot see (infrared and ultraviolet) and there is supernatural light that can only be seen by the seeking heart.
Rob Smith

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