Near Sighted

Published on Jun 1st, 2016 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
Near Sighted

Near Sighted

Want something to meditate on today? Peter, in his second letter, exhorts us to add to our faith. He actually says, “make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.” II Peter 1:5-7. That is quite a list. He goes on to say that if we have these qualities, and they are increasing, they will keep us from being “ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (v. 8) Peter does not leave us hanging. He goes on to explain how we work on this list. He hints at it in v. 9 – “For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins”. He then goes on in v. 10,11 to spell it out, “Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”. In other words, preach the gospel to yourself daily. Live out who you are in Christ. Spend your energy and your life on what is most important.

Peter then goes on to say that he will be constantly reminding them of these things…even though they already know them. He says he wants to remind them of these truths so often that when he is gone they will be able to remember them. It is a good reminder for us. We may get the blank stare, or the rolled eyes, when we share these truths with our children or friends for the hundredth time but maybe when we are gone they will remember.

Here is something to zero in on today. What does it mean that “he is so nearsighted he is blind”? That negative quality causes that person to forget the truth of the gospel. He forgets that he is cleansed from his sin. That action or quality leads to the lacking of the positive qualities that God produces in our lives. So what does it mean that “he is so nearsighted he is blind”? I am nearsighted. I see things better up close than I do in the distance. This person has allowed their lives to be so consumed by what is near that they have lost their vision for the future. They have allowed their lives to be all about the temporal. The events, feelings, and desires of this minute have so captured their attention that there is no thought of the future. What is interesting is that this mentality robs this person of the memory of being forgiven of their sins. This laser focus on the present blinds this person to the future and erases the memory of the past forgiveness of sins. How are those two connected? The cleansing of our sins came at a cost. We were bought with a price. Our lives are no longer ours but they are given to the one who cleansed us from our sins and bought for us a bright and glorious future. This cleansing of our sins and the gift of a bright future changes who we are in the present. To live our lives for our own glory, our own desires, in our own strength, is to forget that we have been changed and blinds us to the future blessings of being a child of the King of Kings. Today is not yours to choose to live in any way that you desire. Today is yours to choose to live in the knowledge of the forgiveness of your sins and the hope of the future God has prepared for you. How will you choose to live today based on those two truths? Choose wisely and you will live in the power and strength of the God who has forgiven you and is preparing you for the future he has planned for you. He will produce in you virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection with love. Some good things to think about today.

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