Not long ago I spent a long day with something irritating my eyes. I couldn’t figure out what in the world was bothering them! At about 4am that night God woke me up and I went to the mirror to get a close-up look at my eyes. Now, I wear the type of contacts that I have to change out daily, and I thought I’d done that the previous morning. But it turns out, I had put a new contact in with the old one rolled up in the bottom of my eye.
Contacts are supposed to help you see better, but wearing two of them only made my eyesight worse. God spoke to my heart as I look in my mirror—trying to look through two lenses doesn’t work. I’d been trying to view life through the old and the new at the same time, but that only caused irritation, frustration, and blurriness.
What you envision is what you become. If you have placed your faith and trust in Jesus, He has salvaged you. You are redeemed—restored—and been made new through Him. Your old life has gone and the new has come—but maybe you’re still trying to look at life through the old lens.
All of us are born with a sin nature. To sin means to miss the bullseye of God’s glorious standard—none of us are perfect, and that’s why we need Jesus. When you become a Christ follower, He starts teaching you how to live with the new nature He’s given you. But our hearts and minds are still trained for our old way of life. It’s easy for us to want to keep that old contact in and try to live life looking through the lenses of both our old and new natures.
With Jesus, we have the opportunity to look at life through an eternal lens. Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” God gave us His Word so that we can begin to learn how to see from His vantage point. It is the lens that helps give us eternal focus. When all we can see is the problems in our life, it’s time to get rid of that old lens and swap in the eternal lens that comes from faith and hope in God and His love for us.