Midweek Wake-Up, May 29th, 2019
We are in desperate need of God opening our eyes to reality. We all like to think we are living in light of reality but like the disciples who were only focusing on the very real fact that they only had one loaf of bread (Mark 8:14) we as well often have a very limited vision of reality. We often only allow physical reality to determine our view of life. As Dallas Willard has said, “Spiritual reality is hidden, but it is reality! In fact, it is the foundation of the visible, material, and finite universe.” More than just adding some sort of nice extra dimension to our lives, spiritual reality is actually the foundation of all reality. And there is nothing more central to spiritual reality than who Jesus is and what he’s done for us.
Fortunately, God knows we are in desperate need of him opening our eyes to see reality clearly and he longs to do it. Every glimpse of Jesus he gives is an incredible gift that has the potential to change us deeply if we are willing to recognize it and trust him. If the disciples really understood the reality of their situation, if they had seen Jesus clearly in
the moment, they would have recognized that Jesus knew their needs and was certainly loving and powerful enough to provide for them.
And what about us, what if we were to daily see the reality of who Jesus is… If we were to truly see Jesus as the one that justifies us, we could give up our futile and exhausting efforts to justify ourselves. If we were to truly see Jesus as being with us every moment of every day, we could give up on our fear and step ahead with courage into whatever is in front of us. If we were to truly see Jesus as our master and teacher, we could stop living under the tyranny of chasing after every new voice out there that promises a new and improved way to live and instead find the simple freedom of living in his ways.
If we were to truly see Jesus as the one who gave up everything in love to die in our place, we would never have to wonder again if we are loved. And if we were to truly see Jesus as the one that is coming back to make all things right, we could live each day in a sure hope that death is not the end of the story.