I wear glasses.
I enjoy the enabling to see clearly and in focus.
I dislike having to frequently clean my glasses (so that I may continue to see.)
So, I don’t.
I can count on glasses to collect dust, oils, and countless other obstructions.
Most times, I simply take one of those micro-fiber cloths (you know, the ones made for eyeglasses) and simply wipe my glasses, thinking I am removing of all of the foreign particles.
What I end up doing is smearing the lenses making vision even more difficult. What is needed is to pause, grab the right resource (glass cleaner) and thoroughly clean and rinse my glasses—then I can see clearly the world around me. But, who really likes to stop what they’re doing in life and clean glasses? It may seem easier to simply rub a cloth and keep on moving, but we will miss what we ought to be seeing.
I submit that we as Christians too easily walk through life with blurred vision. The “obstacles” that cling to our lenses represent Our Ways of living, which impede our vision in seeing ourselves as who we are in Christ, why we are here, and seeing God’s Ways (which are higher than our ways—Is. 55:8-9).
Which thrust out in life, pursuing worth-while goals, achievements (and in some cases survival) reminding ourselves that Jesus is with us and that we “…can do all things through Christ which strengthen us” and in the process we just wipe those lenses and smear our vision even further—striving to live this life according to Our Ways.
Our blurred vision leads us to believe that life is about us, and that we have Jesus in our corner to help us with our pursuits. That pursuit leads to unending frustration and grief.
When we clean our lenses with the Word of God we learn that we have been BOUGHT with a price and that our lives are all about living for Christ, having His power to accomplish His will and enjoy His promises and receive His blessing and rewards.
While we strive to be more like Christ, to read the Bible more, and to sin less, we tend to overlook finances as a spiritual matter and we press on, smearing our lenses, handling money our own way, in our own wisdom instead of God’s ways and according to His wisdom.
Here’s some spiritual “lens cleaner” for us to apply to our finances:
God uses money issues to strengthen our trust in Him, rather than trusting money. “(For after all these things do the Gentiles [the Lost] seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:32-33
God knows our needs (physical as well as financial) and He wants our hearts, He wants us to trust Him.
What do you say? Shall we “clean” the debris off of our spiritual lenses and view our lives servants of God and trust Him in ALL of our ways? The journey may require daily cleaning, but the rewards are more than worth it!