• Elicia Roy

20/20 VISION


…Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of God. - Hebrews 12:2 NASB

Now that 2020 is officially here, I’m finding it difficult to say “20-20” without thinking about the reference to 20/20 vision as it relates to visual acuity. According to the American Optometery Association, 20/20 vision is “a term used to express normal visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet. If you have 20/20 vision, you can see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be seen at that distance.”

But what about clarity or sharpness of vision as it relates to us spiritually? Is there something that will help us on our journey through life so that our spiritual eyes will be in sharp focus? How can we see more clearly spiritually?

Job, a Godly man from the Bible, said that he made a covenant with his eyes that he wouldn’t look lustfully upon a young woman. He made the decision ahead of time that he was going to honor God with what he set his gaze upon.

Making goals and deciding to do things ahead of time is important and helps us, but will-power alone doesn’t work out very well if there is lust burning in our hearts.

In order to walk on the path of purity, we need a heart change. The Bible says “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8) These words are straight from the mouth of Jesus.

This heart change occurs when we shift our gaze onto Jesus Christ and keep it there. When we read His Word and communicate with Him through prayer and a lifestyle of worship, being filled with His Spirit and having a loving relationship with Him, it affects what we do and what we look at.

When I’m in “worship-mode,” I’m not in “negativity mode.” Negative thinking leads me down a path where I will sin in my thoughts and then actions if I don’t realize it and deal with it. Because God loves me, His Spirit convicts me of the wrong and when I confess the wrong to Him, He helps me to turn my gaze back upon Him and things are made right again.

HE LOVES US SO MUCH and desires a relationship with us more than we desire one with Him!

Think about that for a moment. The same God that made us longs to spend time with us.

Why?! The answer…LOVE.

HE LOVES US. He made us and desires our love and devotion.

The key to 20/20 vision is where our gaze rests.

Is it upon good things? Is it upon pure things?

We can’t expect to have pure hearts if we look at impure things.

I believe that as we train our eyes to gaze upon the beautifully pure and Holy face of Jesus Christ, we will desire to be pure because we want to be like Him. He will help us to do this if we ask for help.

Prayer - Dear Lord, please help me to have eyes that are only for You and to keep my focus on Your beautiful face. May I have a pure heart to desire good things. Give me clarity of vision to see things the way that You do. Amen.

PURE EYES

It’s only one look,

That can take us away,

One wayward glance,

That leads us astray.

We are tempted,

And dragged to the ground.

By desires within,

Enticed and then bound.

We thought it looked good.

It delighted the eyes,

It caused us to stumble,

Once we gave into lies.

One lingering glance,

Is all that it took,

To change the direction

Of our storybook.

When we turned our gaze

And let our eyes fall,

In their lust for desire

Our heart gave its all.

The intent of the heart,

Is seen through the eyes,

Haughty or pure,

Looking foolish or wise.

When our gaze lands,

Upon the pure Word

Our vision is altered

And no longer blurred.

When our gaze is transfixed

On the Author of Love,

Our hearts become clean,

And eyes pure as a dove.

Sight is restored

And innocence gained,

When the heart becomes clean,

And is no longer stained.

The blood that was shed,

By Jesus divine.

His love-filled eyes,

Looked straight into mine.

His piercing eyes of love,

Wept so many tears,

For my darkened heart,

And pain of many years.

They looked deep into my soul,

And caused new life to start.

A lamp began to shine,

In the cavern of my heart.

As I keep my gaze

Upon the One who died for me,

My eyes become much brighter,

With shining purity.

Those beautiful eyes,

They have my attention.

As my love for Him grows,

With deepest affection.

It’s pure light that shines,

To make the heart whole,

For a pure lamp of the body,

And window of the soul.

© 2020 ELICIA ROY for devotional and poem

© 2020 JONA OSTFELD for photographic image.

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