Clear Vision

Acts 9:17-18
And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.  And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

When Ananias laid his hands on Paul and those scales fell away, Paul never saw more clearly in his life, for even if his sight was dimmed and blurry after that, his vision was perfectly clear.  He knew what his purpose was, what his life was to be about, and what the focus of the rest of his days was going to be.  His energy and wisdom and knowledge and time and effort would all be spent proclaiming Jesus Christ the world over.  From that moment on, nothing but Jesus would lead his steps.  Nothing but Jesus would determine his course.  Nothing but Jesus Christ and the mercy He showed to Paul would dictate the choices he made.

So what kind of vision do we have?  Have those worldly scales fallen from our own eyes so that we may see clearly what our lives are to be about?  Is it Jesus Himself that is the focus of our hearts and our minds and our lives?  Have we determined to follow closely the path He would set for us and keep our eyes ever on Him and go where He leads and do as He asks us?  We once groped around in the darkness of sin, unable to see where to go and what to do.  We had tried to go our own way and found ourselves unfulfilled by that kind of life.  But now we can go forward into what God created us for.

It was the Spirit of God that made such a difference for Paul.  Though he had lived his life before this moment with determination and focus, he was heading in the wrong direction.  Though he was ambitious and dedicated to a cause, it was the wrong one.  But now that he could see the truth, now that he could see Jesus, he could go in the right direction and do the right things.  And it is the same for us, because without the Holy Spirit to guide our path, we often go the wrong way and end up doing wrong things.  But with Him, we can make right choices and follow a God-honoring path.

What are we looking at, and where is our focus in life?  Are we living with our eyes upon Jesus?  Are we allowing that new, clear vision that He gives to us to influence the kinds of things we pursue in life?  Are we moving closer to Him or farther away?  Are we going toward His purpose for us or away from it?  Let us not continue on blinded by sin and blinded by the flesh and our own ambitions, but instead be led by the light of God.  Let us forsake that old man who couldn’t see clearly and move ahead with clear vision into the future God has for us.

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