In the natural, sight is a truly wonderful gift, often taken for granted. Mark 10:46-52 records the account of blind Bartimaeus desperately calling out to Jesus, who took compassion on him and restored his sight. We can ask of Jesus for spiritual sight. We all need vision. Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Samuel 3:1 declares that in those days there was no open vision, but we are privileged to live in a very different day where the Heavenly Vision has been made clear that we are all to be conformed to the image of the Son:
Ephesians 4:13 “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” Through the finished work of the Cross, we have access to Jesus Christ Who enables us to have vision. We have been given a model of the Church but many denominations have turned the model into a building, just like the original Arc of the Covenant, which was a place where God dwelt until, in the fullness of time, through Calvary, He could dwell in people’s hearts.
The challenge is that men think the vision is to build Bible Schools or Orphanages, but these are just projects, not revelation. God is so generous and loving that He will work with whatever we give Him, and use it for His Kingdom purposes – Church services, Christian radio and television programs, evangelistic out-reaches, building projects etc. All these are good, but what God really wants is everything, all of me – the heart!
The fullness of God demands all of me. It is not some rare, “to be hoped for” experience. It is my birthright in God but can only be accessed through unconditional surrender, which is an on-going experience as I face the daily challenges of the God-permitted circumstances of my life. It is here where God reveals the condition of my heart, where I either stand up for my “rights” to myself or surrender to His perfect work in me, and be conformed to the image of His Son. God seeks to dwell comfortably in me, to inhabit and abide with the intimate fellowship of His presence. This is our heavenly vision.
There is a profound simplicity in the statements of Jesus. John 10:30 “I and my Father are one.” This is my birthright to be claimed through my daily choices. I can choose my way or yield to be conformed to the image of our Pattern Man, our Lord Jesus Christ.
God is ever looking for another barren womb He can safely invest His glory in.