‘The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!’ (Matthew 6:22-23)
As a Christian, here’s how I ‘see’ life:
I believe that Jesus is ‘God with us.’ (Isaiah 7:14/Matthew 1:23)
I believe that Jesus created the world, and has authority over both the earth and the heavens. (Heb 1:2; Mt 28:18)
I believe that Jesus has ‘defeated death’, and by believing in him, we, too, have eternal life. (2 Tim 1:10; Jn 3:16)
I believe that the ultimate purpose and direction of life here on earth, is the eternal construction of the Kingdom of God. (Mt 6:10; 1 Cor 3:13)
I believe that it is God’s will that all people hear about Jesus Christ and have an opportunity to ‘respond’ to him personally. (Rm 10:2,14-15,17; Mt 24:14)
I believe that by the Holy Spirit, my ultimate purpose is this purpose of God’s – i.e. to bring the message of Jesus to all people in all nations. (Jn 15:26-27)
I believe this is the reality of life, and life’s ultimate purpose. This is how I ‘see’ life.
This expresses itself differently in all situations, the same way the wind blows uniquely and untraceably all the time. But the wind - the Spirit - is always present, and always blowing. (Jn 3:8)
There are good times in life, hard times, and yet in all seasons this ‘gospel’ of God is the ultimate ‘real’, the heartbeat and point of everything. (2 Tim 4:2) There are times when every person present, and every fiber of a circumstance, are hostile to this truth, this gospel of Christ. Wisdom and the Spirit will be needed. But nonetheless, these persons and circumstances will pass away, but the words of Christ, as Christ himself said, ‘will never pass away.’ (Mt 24:35)
And there will come a time when ‘every knee will bow, and every tongue confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord.’
(Phil 2:10-11; Rm 14:11; Is 45:23)
By faith, this is how I ‘see’ life. I see life in this way, by faith. ‘We live by faith, not by sight.’ (2 Cor 5:7) My heart has seen and known that Jesus is true, and I have put my faith in him. So I have determined to see life through Jesus, the ‘life that is truly life.’ (1 Tim 6:19)
Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world, and whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’ (John 8:12)
The light in my eyes is the light of Christ. And the light that Christ throws on the land before me, is how I will see that land. I have faith eyes. And what I see, I will see through faith. That, I believe, is what is truly real.
Jesus said, ‘Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.’ (John 18:37)
How do you see life?
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Peter Walker. I hope you enjoy these reflections. Please feel free to comment!:)