What You Need to See

“He who sees me sees the One who sent me.”

-John 12:45

The glory is closer than you think. The doubters of Jesus’ time demanded a sign, and replied to Jesus with fierce indignation and arguments about how He couldn’t be who He said he was. They replied with a doctrine of distance when Jesus said “I am”. This manifestation doesn’t fit our criteria.  In 1 Cor 1:22, Paul commented that “the Jews ask for signs and the Greeks seek wisdom”.

You see what you need to see. A sign isn’t going to improve things. In Luke 16:19-31, Jesus told the story of a rich man suffering in Hades, who “looked up and saw Abraham a long way off”, and begged Abraham for help, ultimately begging that Abraham would send the poor man Lazarus who was close at Abraham’s side, to appear to his father’s house and warn his brothers still alive on earth of the eternity that awaited them. However, Abraham replied that they have Moses and the prophets, they should listen to them. Then the rich man reasoned, “No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.” Then Abraham said, “If they don’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be persuaded if someone rises from the dead.”

Pray for a vision of your life and circumstances today, like the servant who panicked at the sight of the enemy army surrounding the city (2 Kings 6:15-17), and the prophet Elisha prayed for him and his eyes were opened, and he saw that a spiritual army had the earthly one surrounding them surrounded. Even if you are not facing great difficulty, even if there isn’t an army out to kill your body, there are many distractions to drain your soul and spirit. The routine, the ordinary, can become a rut and that rut can become so deep that you no longer can see past it’s walls, and that’s the battle. So I think you must pause to get peace and pray to get vision, that way your soul can be cleansed with purpose. Look for the appointed and the anointed among ordinary. See how every day is special. We are in a season of so-called holidays, or holy-days, but really, every day should be approached with the mindset that it is a holy day, that it has been appointed and anointed for a special purpose. Though it is an ordinary, a jar of clay, it is destined to be filled with God’s presence.

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