EVERYONE WANTS 20/20 VISION
Why? Because with 20/20 vision we don’t need to wear glasses or contact lenses. We are not impaired. It’s only when our vision is not perfect – when it’s skewed – that we need help to see clearly in all levels of sight. This truth is applicable in both the physical and spiritual realms of life. We need as “nearly perfect” eyesight as we can possibly obtain.
When Jesus was revealing to Apostle John the conditions of the seven churches in Asia he addressed this particular condition in the church at Laodicea. They thought they had everything “all together” and needed nothing. But Jesus said differently. He said,
“…I counsel you to…anoint your eyes with eyesalve , that you may see.”Revelation 3:18b
RANGES OF SIGHT
There are three ranges of sight. Normal. Near. Far. We need all three ranges working well in our eyes in order to move through life with the greatest amount of ease. Let’s examine each of them to see how they affect us.
- NORMAL RANGE. I begin with this one because it is what all of us want to have. We call it 20/20 vision. It can also be called “full” range of vision. Very near to us. Very far from us. And everything in between. We see everything clearly. We don’t need to wear glasses or contact lenses.
- NEAR RANGE. We call this one near sighted vision. Those with this vision range can only see clearly what is right in front of them or very close to them. Everything beyond this range, however, is blurred or virtually out of sight. This kind of vision renders them handicapped. With their eyes wide open they can only see a short distance around them. They need corrective lenses in order to see properly.
- FAR RANGE. We call this one far sighted vision. It is the polar opposite of near sighted vision. Those with this vision range can only see clearly what is far and very far away from them. It, too, is a handicap. They may be able to discern people and objects near them, but it will be with shadowy or blurred vision. In extreme cases their vision will be so far sighted they will be considered legally blind. They, too, need corrective lenses in order to see properly.
It is very easy for us to understand these differences in the natural realm. But how do they apply in the spiritual realm? Let’s take a look.
NOTE: Before I make any comments in this section, I want to assure you that they are not made from a place of criticism or negativity. The truth is that God needs people with each of these ranges of vision. He wants them, needs them and uses them in positive ways for His purposes and glory. It is my sincere hope that you will accept this as a true statement from my heart.
In this application, I am going to begin with the Near Range, because it is the range of vision most of us have in the spiritual realm.
- NEAR RANGE. In this range we have a tendency to focus on ourselves, i.e. our families, our home church, our community, etc It’s the range we are familiar and comfortable with. We may not feel the need to look beyond this range very often without good reason.
- FAR RANGE. In this range we can have a tendency to see only far away places that are home to people of different colors, languages, foods and cultures. But for some reason we just have a need to go over every mountain, cross every sea, machete our way through every jungle, cross every desert, traverse every cold tundra. Home just doesn’t cut it for us. And it may appear to the home folks that we don’t really care very much for them.
- NORMAL RANGE. In this range, to some extent, we are able to see the needs of others in every place. Home may be alright for a while, but given some time it isn’t quite enough for us. On the other hand, too far away from home doesn’t seem to be the answer either. In other words, we would be willing to go as far as the other side of our country (nation), but not outside its borders.
ALL VISION RANGES ARE NECESSARY
As I have just stated, God wants, needs and uses people in each range of vision in positive ways. He has a WORLD view. If we are not careful, we only have the VIEW of where He has placed us in His body.
Jesus put it this way:
“…and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem (at home), and in all Judea and Samaria (in our nation), and to the end of the earth.”Acts 1:8b
It will take all of us working together as one body to accomplish His will and purpose in the earth. And I believe all of us want to do our part to make that happen.