Are your kids anything like my kids? When I give them a chore to do, they do it. But they do it according to their standards. If they empty the trash, there may be some bits and pieces left behind on the floor. If they pick up the floor, there may be some items left scattered in the corner. In their minds, they think they got the job done. In my mind, they came really, really close.
The other day, one of my daughters had the job to pick up the living room. When she came in for breakfast and said she had finished her chores, I went into the living room to check. There were still some books on the floor, socks wadded up beside the sofa, and some cups on the end table.
“Could you go back and check your zone? I saw a few more things that need to be picked up,” I said.
“I looked,” she responded. “I didn’t see anything.”
“Then go back and look again,” I said. “But this time, look with my eyes.”
What do you know? She found the items and put them away. Vision had been restored. Praise the Lord and pass the nachos!
Here’s what changed. She knew enough about me to be able to adopt my character.
My question to you today is this: Are you looking with the right eyes? Do you know enough about the character of God to see things from His perspective?
All too often, we get caught up in seeing life with human eyes instead of God’s eyes. When you take a glance through your “God Goggles” everything changes! It’s like putting on 3D glasses at the movie. Things really start to take form and get real!
How do we put on those “God Goggles?” The Word tells us just how to do it!
“[Looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work]. Just consider and meditate on Him who endured from sinners such bitter hostility against Himself [consider it all in comparison with your trials], so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:2-3
First, we must LOOK AWAY. There will always be things that try to distract us. That stack of unpaid bills tries to get our eyes off the promise that God will supply all our needs. That bad doctors report tries to get our eyes off the fact that God is our healer. That rebellious child tries to get our eyes off the truth that our children will rise up and call us blessed. Do you see what I’m getting at? All day long, earthly circumstances will come at us to try to take our gaze away from our spiritual identity.
Second, we must FOCUS ON JESUS. Jesus is your spiritual identity. You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. When we are hidden in Jesus, He covers us—faults, bumps, bruises, and all. We are perfected in Him. The more time you spend with Jesus, the more intimately you will know Him. You can’t see through God Goggles unless you truly know His character. And Jesus said, “If you’ve seen Me, you’ve seen the Father.” Hang out with Him. Spend time in His Word. Talk with Him as you go through your day. When you know His character, you can see through His eyes.
Third, we must CONSIDER AND MEDITATE. To meditate means to focus on something for extended period of time. In other words, you focus on Jesus and you keep coming back! Intimacy with God is not a “one and done” thing. Like eating Haggis. I was in Scotland. I did it once. I’m done. With Jesus, you keep coming back, moment by moment, day by day. Distractions will always pull us away; but we make it a conscious effort to keep coming back.
Why do we do all this? So that we will NOT grow weary and lose heart! God has a big assignment on your life. You were created to be a shining example of His glory. A big assignment requires two things—big belief and big obedience! You can do this. You were created to be a channel of God’s blessing and a carrier of God’s favor.
Have you ever heard of someone “carrying” a disease? That person is a risk because everyone who comes in contact with that person could be affected by this disease. Well, YOU are a carrier of God’s favor. It’s all over you. You’re dripping in it! Where you go, it goes. And everyone you come in contact with is affected by it.
Don’t destroy that privilege by whipping off your God Goggles. Keep those babies on tight! Put them on and leave them on.
This means that—
Instead of seeing lack, you see total abundance.
Instead of seeing doubt, you see it as already done.
Instead of seeing fault, you see it covered in love.
Instead of seeing failure, you see a new opportunity.
Instead of seeing what’s wrong, you see what’s right.
Can you see? Can you gaze through those God Goggles? Can you overlook the faults and see the good in everyone? Can you overlook what may be lacking in your life and see all the blessings God is pouring into your life? Can you totally ignore the doubt and see “those things that are not as if they already are?” Can you look beyond the disappointment and see the deliverance that is sure to follow?
Just like you brush your teeth every morning, make it your routine to put on your “God Goggles” and keep them on. You have a big assignment, but you need big vision to go along with it!
Now it’s YOUR turn! Leave a comment and share one area of your life where you know you need to put on your God Goggles. Have you lagged in appreciation for your family? Have you been focused on what you don’t have, instead of what you do? Have you been letting fear speak to you instead of looking through eyes of faith? Let me know so I can stand with you in agreement, and you can get on with your big assignment!