“Eyes to See”
It was an early Sunday morning. The sanctuary had been transformed from a dark, cold place to a warm room filled with light. The only thing that was missing: people. My mind started to wander away from the sermon and to the seats. Who will be here today and who will be missing in action?
As the band members started to arrive, Ryan told me about a song he learned to play: “Give me Your Eyes for just one second, Give me Your eyes so I can see, Everything that I keep missing, Give me Your love for humanity, Give me Your arms for the broken-hearted, The ones that are far beyond my reach, Give Your heart for the ones forgotten, Give me Your eyes so I can see.”
What we see is all about our focus. If we focus on finding all the yellow cars on the road then guess what we will see? Yellow cars. All other colored cars will not suddenly disappear. Rather, our focus will filter out everything but what we are looking for. If we focus on the problems in the world all we will see are problems. If we focus on the opportunities that are all around us to transform the world that is all we will see.
Sunday after church I sat in our Life Group amazed at the stories of transformation that were being told. They were nothing more than people focused on seeing them. When they did, they did not miss the opportunity to become a witness by pointing others in the direction of God’s transformation.
So, what are you focused on? If you are only focused on your problem, then guess what? Your problems are the only thing you will see 24/7. I don’t know about you but that rerun gets old real quick. If you are only focused on the evil in the world, evil is all we see. Again, we have seen that episode 1,000x. There is more to life than this. All we have to do is narrow our focus and open our eyes.
Hebrews 12:2 reminds us to “fix our eyes on Jesus.” If we focus on Jesus, we will see Jesus. When we focus on Jesus long enough, we will start to see what Jesus sees. Every day there are opportunities for us to speak life, to show love, to extend a helping hand, to serve others with compassion, to show grace and mercy, and to share Jesus with the world. Every day there are people looking for Jesus. Every day we have the opportunity to be like Jesus – all by having eyes to see what Jesus sees.
Focused on Seeing Jesus,
Pastor Jonathan, Sara & Emerson