Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Seeing Jesus Clearly - Martin Wiles

So Pharaoh asked his officials, “Can we find anyone else like this man so obviously filled with the spirit of God?” Genesis 41:38 NLT
I call them my “blurry-eyed days,” and nothing I do can change it.
Living with glaucoma and dry-eye disease is challenging. Four different types of drops applied multiple times daily keeps both diseases under control, but, short of surgery, no cure exists for either. Despite my meticulous applying of the drops, some days are blurry from the moment I open my eyes in the morning until the time I close them at night. According to the doctor, dry-eye disease is the culprit. Glands that lubricate my eyes are damaged—some completely destroyed.
So I’ve learned to live with my blurry-eyed days. Fortunately, they don’t come around that often. When they do, I sit closer to the computer, use my drops more often, realize I won't recognize faces until they get closer to me, and know I must hold material closer to read it. The next day will be better. Things will clear up.
Pharaoh didn’t have blurry vision. He could see clearly that the Spirit of the living God dwelled in this young man who’d been brought out of prison and interpreted his dreams—dreams no other wise man in Egypt could interpret. After Joseph told him what his dreams meant and what he should do because of their meaning, Pharaoh saw God clearly through Joseph.
While dry-eye disease keeps me from seeing things clearly on some days, I never want others not to see Jesus clearly in me. I want His light to shine brightly through me—as it did with Joseph. Pharaoh saw something different in Joseph.
Living as Jesus did lets others see Him clearly in us. Jesus performed acts of kindness everywhere He went. People needed physical, emotional, and mental healing, and He offered it freely. While I can’t heal, I can offer comfort to those who need it, and I can pray for them as they seek it through other sources. I can help them when they can’t help themselves. Kindness characterized Jesus’ every move, and it can mine as well.
Anger, unforgiveness, prejudice, and unconcern keeps people from seeing Jesus clearly in me. Sure, His presence might shine through such stuff occasionally—or in limited measure—but these attitudes dim His light in me, and they also keep me from seeing God-sent opportunities. God, however, heals such attitudes when asked.
Get rid of anything that keeps others from seeing Jesus clearly in you.

Prayer: Father, remove any attitudes or actions that prevent Your light in us from being seen clearly. 

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