Things Are Not As They Seem

By: Kristen L. McNulty

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The older I get and the closer to Jesus I become the more I realize that "things are not as they seem". This truth applies to people, to situations, even to choices.

You see while in this world we can see and witness the physical, we only are viewing one perspective. And while for some that may be enough, it doesn't give a complete pictures.

Seeing through only the physical is like looking for something in a pitch dark room. You may bump into objects from time to time, but you don't see the whole perspective until a light is turned on. When the lights are on, you can distinguish locations, discover the source of sounds and easily get your bearings. Through the light you see things as they are.

In the same way, when we look at life through our own eyes and interpret things through our own minds, we are in reality walking around in the dark. However when we allow Jesus to come into our lives and we look at life through His perspective, the lights come on and everything changes. The hopeless person turns into someone with great potential. The senseless tragedy has purpose. The impossible situation becomes a whole lot more possible. Seeing things through Christ changes everything.

1 John 1:5-6
"This is the message He has give us to announce to you: God is light and there is no darkness in Him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness."

The truth of the matter is, God's light is available to everyone who knows Him. It's not a special gift given to some and denied to others. It's available to you to light your way and change the way you see things every day.

The key? You have to want it. If you want to go on living in spiritual darkness God won't force you to look at life through the life. It's there, but it's up to you whether or not you grab onto it.

It's the same thing as going to the optometrist. He may hand you a new pair of glasses so that you can see clearly, but he's not going to force you to wear them everyday. And why should he? You'd have to be crazy to walk around blinded when there's another way.

So do you want to see? That's the question you have to ask yourself and if the answer is 'yes' then you're going to have to make some changes.

Just like every morning those with glasses or contacts get in the habit of putting them on, you need to start spending time with Jesus on a daily basis if you really want to see. Because the more time you spend with Him, the more His sight becomes yours and His light illuminates your life.

Jesus can remove your spiritual cataracts that cloud your eyes on a daily basis and restore your sight. It's all up to you- do you really want to see?

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This devotional was aired as a part of the Making A Difference Christian Radio Show.