Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1)
There are many ways to define worldliness—from seeking all things below to being possessed by your possessions. But here is one of my favorite definitions of worldliness: a lack of the vision. What does that mean? Let’s take a look.
When I speak of a lack of vision, I am speaking about the ability to see the invisible. We get so caught up in what is right in front of us . . . what we can see, hear, taste, touch, smell, and possess. We often forget about the invisible world because the visible, temporal world all around us has gained our focus. When we are focused on the visible, we eventually find ourselves afflicted by fear, anxiety, and doubts. Yet everything in the visible world is passing away; it is all in the process of decay (1 John 2:17).
The cure for this type of myopia is to have X-Ray Vision—to be able to see through that which is visible to the invisible all around us. It is to have the vision of Elisha. When Elisha’s servant looked out in the early morning hours, he saw the city surrounded by the Syrian army of horses, chariots, and soldiers, and was stricken with fear. Why? Because he could see only the visible . . . and the visible said they were in deep trouble!
But Elisha saw the invisible:
“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kings 6:16-17)
Notice the prayer of Elisha for his servant. He prayed that God would give him X-Ray Vision. And when God answered His petition, Elisha’s servant saw what was previously invisible: the heavenly armies that vastly outnumbered the Syrian army, standing ready to do battle for the people of God.
This must be our prayer each day, that we would be able to see all that God has given to us in the invisible realm. Some of the greatest saints in all of sacred Scripture had X-Ray Vision, and followed the way of the invisible.
- Elisha saw the invisible armies of heaven (2 Kings 6)
- Abraham saw the invisible city of heaven (Hebrews 11)
- Moses saw the invisible God of heaven (Hebrews 11)
To the extent that we can see that which is invisible, we will be able to rise above the visible and walk in the ways of our Lord.
So . . . when was the last time you prayed for X-Ray Vision?
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!