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by Nathan Stewart last modified Jan 15, 2016 05:51 AM

Frame on Eyesight ChartHow’s your eyesight? Mine isn’t too bad, I can still see well enough without glasses but objects in the distance have lost clarity. My father seems to get around with a pair of coke bottle bottoms resting on his nose so I fear a similar fate for myself. For many of us, losing our eyesight happens gradually. It sneaks up on us. I’d always thought I had good eyesight but a few months before my wedding, I travelled to my wife’s home country, Japan. To my dismay, I found that I could not clearly see the beautiful scenery. Home in Australia, I began to wear glasses and I realised, as I saw the beautiful but familiar scenery with new clarity, that I’d had this problem for a long time.

A few months after our wedding, my wife, Tomoko, taught me that we’re all in danger of losing our spiritual vision in much the same way. We were at my cousin’s wedding in a country church in the Darling Downs. It was the kind of church were you might find statues erected in honour of Jesus and perhaps Mary his mother. Sadly, it was also the kind of church where the words of counsel given to my cousin and her new husband had little to do with the Bible.

All this I was expecting, however, Tomoko was horrified and almost incensed at what she saw as an insult to Christ’s honour. I was shocked to find that I had gradually lost sight of the glory of Christ.

In Colossians 1, verses nine and ten, Paul shares his prayer for the Colossians and the outcome he desires for that prayer. He writes from verse nine, “we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him.” He want’s them to see the truth and to live up to it.

So that they will clearly see the truth, Paul asks God to fill them with the knowledge of his will. But it’s not enough to merely have the facts. Just like I needed glasses to fully enjoy the beauty of Japan, each of us need spiritual wisdom and understanding to fully enjoy the glory of Christ and his gospel. Only with the glasses of spiritual wisdom can we clearly see the truth.

The truth is, that if we have believed the gospel, God has rescued us from darkness and brought us into Christ’s kingdom. It’s there in verse thirteen, 13He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son.”

If you have believed the gospel, God has caught hold of you as you were stumbling around in the dark, unable to see and brought you to a land that is lit by the glory of his Son. Have you lost sight of the glory of Christ? Time for a spiritual-vision check.