Line of sight is “a straight line along which an observer has unobstructed vision.”*
How Unobstructed is Your Vision?
Behold what manner of love of the Father that we should be called his children. 1 John 3:1
The presence and person of God is transformative. The Father’s love has an effectual, procreative impact on all who receive it. The Father makes us his beloved children through Jesus.
Then, merely seeing His Son further transform us. Sight transforms.
Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 1 John 3:2
That verse refers to the day we see Jesus face to face. But that sight has already begun now.
The Spirit gives us sight. The Spirit spotlights Jesus, causing us to behold him, to have our attention and gaze directed toward Jesus; to be transfixed. A fixed gaze is what we are receiving.
We are Changed in the Beholding
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18
The Lord Spirit graces us to see through the veil of this world into the next to behold the Lord Jesus. In this life, we are being transformed from one degree to the next into the likeness of Jesus. The written Word is one primary means that our sight is healed and directed toward Jesus.
These are some very WOW! truths.
We do not become more like Christ by our moralistic efforts.
We do not become better versions of ourselves by merely doubling down harder and harder.
We are Changed in Relationship
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, One God, behold and love one another in eternal relationship.
By the Father’s desire, Jesus opens that circle up to us. We are drawn in by the Spirit. Our God is gazing upon us, loving us – the Spirit is ever pouring out the Father’s love within us (Romans 5:5). We respond in kind, “Abba, Father” (Galatians 4:6). We are changed day by day in this relationship.
So how does this change happen?
No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. 1 John 3:9
Remember, the Father has made us his children. This is not merely a positional dynamic, he has actually put his life in us. When we hear the gospel and receive that message of Jesus, the Spirit regenerates us, we are reborn into a new family and life. We actually have the Father’s “DNA” (“seed”) in us.
Progressively, the longer we walk with God, our gaze fixed on Jesus, receiving the Love the Spirit is pouring in us, we become more and more like the Son, who is the exact image of the Father. What this looks like is that gradually the Father’s character traits are manifested through us in relationship towards others: love, joy, peace, patience……
How Unobstructed is your Line of Sight?
Our line of sight is so important.
What is obstructing your line of sight between Jesus and yourself?
What distracts your gaze? Clouds your vision? Creates a fog bank between you and him?
Are the decisions you’re making drawing you closer or moving you away from Father, Son and Spirit?
Devices (yes, phones and all that), are built on a platform of distraction. It is a core business model. That might be one element that obstructs our line of sight to Jesus. There are many others factors that potentially block one’s vision.
How about you? Talk to him about it. Ask him to heal, to draw, to heal your sight. He will do it with great joy.
*Oxford Dictionary definition