EYES TO SEE
Brother Thomas gets a lot of grief because he liked to see before wholeheartedly getting behind something. Now I’m not saying that the old adage “seeing is believing” is how we should pattern our lives–we walk by faith, not by sight as 2 Corinthians 5:7 tells us – but King Jesus Himself appeared before “Doubting Thomas” so that he could look upon His resurrected body and touch His scars for himself, thereby believing that the Lord Jesus Christ was indeed raised from the dead and the promised Messiah! (John 20:24-29)
When John the Baptist, imprisoned and uncertain, sent word to Jesus asking if He truly was the One from God, Jesus’ reply was, “ “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: the blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.” – Matthew 11:4-6
These are the works of the Kingdom of God! His Kingdom had been made manifest, and the compelling point was that it could be seen and heard through these signs and wonders!
God says, “Behold” 1,527 times in Scripture. Behold means “look!”, “open your eyes!” or “pay attention!” The Lord has given us eyes to see with and ears to listen with. (Proverbs 20:12) He expects us to use them! Why? Because there are just certain things that you have to see in order to walk in.
Elisha had to see Elijah’s supernatural departure in order to walk in a double portion of his mantle. Jesus told His followers to believe in Him at the very least because of the works they saw Him do, and that because they saw His works and believed in Him, they would do even greater works! (John 14:7-14)
By doing what we see Jesus did, we bring glory to His Kingdom!
I want to help you to see something today. We are all challenged to see the right thing in the midst of so much smoke and so many mirrors. I want to help you in your focus by telling you what I focus on.
I want to focus on what Jesus is focused on.
Jesus focused on the Kingdom.
“…Looking unto Jesus the author and the finisher of our Faith…”
From my sermon: Secret Weapons 3: Elisha