I’m sure you’ve heard the expression ‘blind as a bat’. I decided to replace ‘a bat’ with my name. This topic of blindness has been in my line of sight (I know…great pun) all week. But, I’m different from a bat. Imagine you wake up in your room at night, you can probably make your way with only the sense of touch to a light switch, right? Bats have perfected other ways of communicating with their surroundings, and recognizing direction and locations, without touching a thing. But these bats will never see.
Spiritual blindness plagues this world. It’s an epidemic.
Bats can fly as they please. But, when I’m blinded, I can only walk where my feet or hands touch something. I do so slowly, and with caution. I do it trusting my memory & my active senses. Imagine taking a full sprint to your front door in your house at 2 am while it was pitch black? Painful? I agree.
I can live my entire life unaware of what depths and heights I can reach, because I’m so reliant on my sense of physical touch. For today, this touch can be our deepest struggle/habit/addiction. Find what that is. It’s imperative to diagnose the cause prior to seeking healing. That thing is anchoring us to the world. And our physical need uses our functioning senses to get around in life, via sin. This also includes confidence in the self, not trusting Him, but rather following only what Karim knows.
2nd Peter 1 says:
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue… For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
In short: knowledge of God -> partakers of Him => leaving corruption -> attaining virtue. I don’t want to lack these things. I don’t want to be blind and stuck in my old sin. I want to dwell in Christ.
I’ve been distracted this Lent. It’s been a difficult time for me. Busy + lazy = a combination asking for spiritual blindness. It’s like I blindfold myself!
ἁμαρτάνω – ever see this word? It’s the Greek word for ‘sin’. Here’s a definition:
hamartanó: to miss the mark, do wrong, sin – specifically, in reference to archery. Imagine going to practice some archery (like I do every weekend), blindfolded. Does that sound like a formula for success? But this is how I insist on living.
And daily – I miss the mark.
The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. (Matthew 6:22)
Ooo my eyes! Contacts lost in them? Or just some dirt? They’re so defenseless. We have to be quick to defend them. Like squinting when something is thrown your way, or when water comes at you. We value our eyes. I have to keep have this reflex at the start of sin. To preserve my spiritual sight, is to keep my purity. To keep my life in line, well-aimed at my goal.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4 :16, 18)
There’s so much to share…I promise I’m trying to keep these posts short…but, 1(more)thingisneeded…
So Jesus came to grant us this vision. His life gave us the power to see more than ever. “many prophets and righteous men desired to see the things which you see and have not seen” (Prayer before the Gospel)
This past Sunday was known as the Baptism Sunday. The theme? Healing the Man Born Blind – it’s the last week before Palm Sunday on the Orthodox calendar. Simple – Christ must open my eyes in order for Him to enter my heart this week. It’s game time. This 1thingisneeded is special to me. I want us to open our eyes before this important week. Open our eyes and see the gifts He has prepared.
“Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.” (John 9:32-33)
Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.” Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped Him.” (John 9: 35-38)
He came to make us see. And when I see, I must worship. Fearlessly. (Yes, that rhymes)
Together, lets strive for vision of the heavenly, and keep our eyes on things above. Lets worship with the (previously) blind man, and prepare our hearts for His entrance this Hosanna Sunday.
1thingisneeded: don’t be blind as (a) Karim. Let’s remove from our eyes the scales that are preventing us from experiencing His Light.