What Are You Looking At?

When we talk about vision, usually we are talking about the ability to physically see. If you are in a leadership conference, vision usually refers to a leader's end goal and what he pictures in his mind for those he is leading. Vision affects what a person focuses on and what we focus on usually determines or greatly affects the outcome of what we are doing or trying to accomplish.

In II Corinthians 4:17-18, Paul says, "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal." Paul was revealing one of the principles of successful Christian living, which is the ability to look at or focus on spiritual things and not the physical.

We see this principle repeated throughout the Bible. In Hebrews 11:27, it tells us that Moses was able to endure forsaking Egypt because he was looking at God and not the situation. The verse says, "...for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible." In Hebrews 12:2, we are told that Jesus endured the cross by looking at the joy that was set before Him. Jesus was looking at the salvation and deliverance that would occur due to the resurrection.

We often stumble, are discouraged, or don't accomplish what the Lord wants us to accomplish because we allow ourselves to look at earthly things rather than spiritual things. As Jesus was describing events concerning the end times, when men's hearts would fail, He ends with this statement: "...then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh" (Luke 21:28). In other words, when things go wrong down here, shift your focus to Jesus and look at eternal things. He will keep you in perfect peace when you are focused on Him (Isaiah 26:3).