Have you ever been looking for something and not been able to find it, only to have someone point it out to you in an obvious place, or you find it where you have already looked? Maybe you have been looking for your phone and found it in your pocket, or looked for your glasses and found that they were already on your head. That has happened to me more times than I can remember and it can be so frustrating! Sometimes we fail to notice things that are right in front of us. It may be because we are too busy, not really paying attention, or stuck in what has become our regular way of thinking. In a way, we become blind to things and miss things that we could see if we had the right perspective.
In John 9, Jesus heals a man who had been blind since he was born. When the Pharisees find out about it, they are livid—not because he healed a man, but because he did so on the Sabbath.
The Pharisees were the religious people of Jesus’ time that were trained in the Scriptures and the Jewish law. If there was anyone that should have recognized Jesus as the Messiah, it was these guys. However, they were so blinded by their expectations and way of thinking that most of them missed him and didn’t recognize that the person that they were plotting against was actually the Son of God—the promised Savior of their people.
Jesus said to his disciples in Matthew 13:16-17, "16 …blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17 For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it."
What do you think it means to have eyes that see and ears that hear? When it comes to our lives as individuals, are there certain things that we ignore or choose not to see? It may be because of a predisposition, a conscious choice, or even ignorance. Jesus said “I am the light of the world” in John 8:12. He continued by saying that anyone who follows him will never walk in darkness, but would have the light of life.
What does that mean??? What does God want us to see when we have “eyes that see” and hear when we have "ears that hear?” Here are some of my thoughts on that:
God wants us to see the truth about life and death, sin and righteousness. Sin always leads to death, but righteousness—following Jesus, always leads to life. Choices that people make have consequences. Those consequences can be positive or negative depending on the choice that was made. When we choose life, we can trust that the consequences will ultimately be good.
Sin in our own life that he wants to deal with. We can recognize this usually through the conviction of the Holy Spirit, but also sometimes through someone pointing it out to us. God does not point out sin in our life to condemn us for it (see John 3:17-18), but rather to help and correct us. God wants to deliver us from things that would ultimately bring us harm—be it on earth or in eternity. That begins with us asking for God’s forgiveness, submitting that area to him, and asking for his help to turn away from it (also known as repentance.)
People who need the love of Jesus. This includes the lost, the poor and the hurting. When we begin to see people from a humble perspective, and as God sees them, we can recognize opportunities to show Christ to them. This can be in any number of different ways, but in all cases, the goal is to help a person come into a saving relationship with him. This can take lots of time, prayer, love and effort.
Others who need to be encouraged. Look at Philippians 2 for more on this. All people, whether they know Jesus or not, have a need to be encouraged, loved, and shown that they are valued. When it comes to other believers, we are called to be of one spirit and purpose, caring for one another with the love of God
Something that I pray regularly is simply asking God to give me “eyes to see and ears to hear” those things that he would want me to. When I do that, and make the choice to get out of just my own perspective, I open myself up to God’s heart. When we do that, we are always on the right track.