2014’s Passion Conference just ended this weekend in Texas. Although I wasn’t able to stream all of the sessions, I was able to watch Francis Chan’s session (go figure). One point that he mentioned in his message resonated with me and my semester.
Francis was speaking on 2 Peter 1, and towards the end of his message he commented on verse 9. After talking about how God’s “divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness” (1:3), Peter writes in verse 9 that “whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.” Francis commented on the ridiculousness of getting caught up in the transient, momentary troubles, which takes our focus off our purpose in knowing God. Sometimes, Christians live like they’re nearsighted.
Now, I am extremely nearsighted, non-metaphorically speaking. I’ve had glasses since the grade school years, and without glasses or contacts, my hand looks blurry at less than a foot away from my eyes! For most of my life, I’ve relied on glasses or contacts to see. Otherwise, I’m not able to see things that aren’t right up against my face.
Similarly, there are times in my life when I get extremely focused on little, insignificant aspects of life, preventing me from seeing the big picture. During this semester, I seem to have been going back and forth between being nearsighted and having the big picture in focus. There are times when I am filled with joy just because I know that God is with me and has everything under control. Then there are times when I get focused on minute, insignificant things that don’t matter in the long run; issues that, in light of eternity, are like getting frustrated over Flappy Bird (too soon?).
If you’re a Christian caught up in nearsighted living, take a breath, step back, and look at the big picture. We are kids of the King who will make all things right in due time. God is always with us and has given us everything we need for this life. Everything ultimately is working for our good. Live in light of eternity. Don’t become nearsighted.
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire
-2 Peter 1:3-4