Today, Todd and I have been married for thirty-eight years! It’s a miracle, really, that two people who are so different in preferences and opinions about almost everything could stay happily married for this long.
How did we do it? Well, we didn’t. God did. Todd and I may disagree on a lot of things, but we are completely in agreement on the most important thing. We are both fully committed to living as devoted followers of Jesus. We are saved, born again believers and the Holy Spirit lives in us. We view life through the lens of Biblical truth, and while we’re certainly not perfect, we both strive to live according to God’s ways and in line with what He says is true and right.
Our faith is the foundation of our marriage, and we’re so thankful for the goodness of God we’ve been blessed with through the ups and downs of living in a relationship with another fallen human being!
Earlier this week, we enjoyed a good laugh with each other over something silly. We decided to get out of the house for a few minutes (working at home can be tedious at times). We needed to talk about some things coming up in our ministry, so we took our “meeting” to a local coffee shop. If you know Todd, you know he wears readers, and he takes them off and on constantly. As we sat discussing things, he put them on to look at his phone and made the funniest face. Scrunching up his eyes and blinking, he said, “That’s weird…I can’t see!”
I wasn’t sure what was happening. Was he having a stroke? Did he have a brain tumor that suddenly caused him to go blind? Was his diabetes out of control and he was getting ready to go into diabetic shock?
He put his glasses on and off several more times, to no avail. His vision didn’t clear.
Finally, he looked down to the left and started laughing. Unnoticed by either of us, one of the lenses in his readers had fallen out!
We had a good laugh at our foolishness. Neither of us had thought his glasses could be the issue because we didn’t think to look more closely at them. No wonder he couldn’t see!
That moment of silliness has a great spiritual analogy for us. How often do we live life looking through the wrong lens? We build our lives on a foundation that is shaky and risky because it’s made up of our humanistic and cultural ideals – premises that are completely anti-Biblical and opposed to the truth we find in God’s Word. We can’t see what’s really true because we have the wrong lens.
This week we’re reading and thinking and focusing on Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. Many people will attend church this coming Sunday, Easter Sunday, not from devotion to Jesus, but out of family obligations or childhood tradition. Many others will not bother to stop and think about the resurrection of Jesus at all. They don’t really believe in the resurrection and see Jesus as just another good teacher consigned to the annals of history but not really having anything to do with them.
They need a new lens. They are spiritually blind and simply cannot see the truth.
2 Corinthians 4:3-6 – And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
Viewing life through the Resurrection of Jesus changes everything.
Knowing that Jesus is indeed the Son of God, that He came to this earth as a human baby by virgin birth, that He lived a perfect, sinless life and was crucified an innocent man as a sacrifice for the payment of the sins of the world, that He went to the grave but God raised Him up, defeating the sting of sin and conquering death for all who believe…changes everything.
2 Corinthians 4:14-18 – Knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
I’m so grateful that God corrected my spiritual vision. He didn’t just give me new glasses; He gave me new eyes to see and understand and believe. Now, I have a sure foundation for this life – whether in marriage, or work, or parenting, or grandparenting, or simply being a friend to others. That foundation will of faith in Jesus will result in life eternal, enjoying the blessings of Heaven forever in the presence of God the Father and our Risen Savior, Jesus.
Through what lens do you view life? Is it one of your own making, or have you asked God to give you clarity of sight so that you can see beyond your own humanity?
The right lens makes all the difference.