Its 2020, and we all want clear vision. I’ve noticed a plethora of signs and advertisements from businesses, non-profits, and even churches who are seeking a “2020 vision” for the future.
It’s a new decade, and folks want to go into it with clear vision for the right direction to take. “Seeing” here does not necessarily refer to physical sight, but more of a perspectival and/or a spiritual kind of seeing. Wanting to see clearly as an organization, church, or business, is admirable.
In order to move forward, one has to see where to take the next step or drive the next mile. Most importantly, in 2020 we want to see God. But here is the problem: we can’t.
It is impossible for us to have spiritual 2020 vision. Our eyes have been blinded from what the Psalmist would call our transgressions, and from what Paul would call our short fallings.
“We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God,” Paul says. This sin blinds us from seeing the world, ourselves, one another, and ultimately even God, with clear vision.
Yet, we are not without hope: God has given us eyeglasses to correct vision.
John Calvin writes: “Just as old or bleary-eyed men and those with weak vision, if you thrust before them a most beautiful volume, even if they recognize it to be some sort of writing, yet can scarcely construe two words, but with the aid of spectacles will begin to read distinctly; so Scripture, gathering up the otherwise confused knowledge of God in our minds, having dispersed our dullness, clearly shows us the true God… For just as eyes, when dimmed with age or weakness or by some other defect, unless aided by spectacles, discern nothing distinctly; so, such is our feebleness, unless Scripture guides us in seeking God, we are immediately confused.”
Indeed, God has given us the witness of scripture as the “spectacles” through which we can have clear spiritual vision for God, our lives, the life of the church, and the life of the world.
Looking at everything through the eyeglasses of scripture is to see as God would have us see so that we can live and do as God would have us live and do. Put your eyeglasses on and get to work!
Rev. Will Wilson is pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Kilgore. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org .