“For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see.” Revelation [3:17]-18
The leg cramp that stops you in your tracks; the sudden “poke” of the needle from a vaccine; the burn of soap in your eyes — there are a few pains with which we can all identify. Whether you were brought back to the trauma of childhood from a shot, or seeing the world through a burning squint, you know what I’m talking about.
When we push away our dependence on the Lord and try to live with self-sufficiency, we live in a way where we are blind to our true condition. The beauty, though, is when we recognize our blindness and wash the blinding soap out of our eyes and turn back to the Lord.
In Acts 9, we see what this looks like. Saul was rich in education, a Pharisee, a Roman citizen. He was rich in his own eyes. That’s when, on the road to Damascus, he found himself blinded. More importantly, it’s where he turned to the Lord.
Father in Heaven, protect my eyes and my heart. I want to have the mind of Christ in the way I see You, myself, and others. Let my life be one that brings You honor and glory. Amen.
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