31st December 2017

Once Blind, Now I See 

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
1 Peter 2:9-10 (NIV) 

There’s a painter working in Laguna Beach named Andrew Meyers, and he’s approaching his art in a totally fresh way. Instead of layering oil paints to produce texture and depth like Van Gogh, Andrew ‘paints’ with thousands of screws. He drills each one into a wooden canvas at different levels to create a three-dimensional portrait. And, unlike the paintings you’ll find hanging in a museum, Andrew’s work is actually meant to be touched. In fact, he encourages it! I found out about all this when I watched a video of a blind man reach out and actually touch his own portrait which Andrew had made. And the expression on that blind man’s face when he saw it was one in a million. It was as if he could ‘see’ himself for the first time.

I know that many of us move through this life thinking that we know who we are. We think we have a clear view of ourselves. We’re fathers or mothers. We’re accountants and steel workers. We vote this way or that way. And we cheer for the home team at the weekends. But all of these things aren’t really who we are. At our most core level of being we know from scripture that we are God’s beloved. We are his son or his daughter. And we are adopted and justified before him through our Lord Jesus Christ. We are his children. And our identity is in Christ Jesus. I think if I could have had a video made of my face the first time I found that out—I probably would have looked like that blind man reaching out and touching the painting and ‘seeing’ for the first time.

Once we know our identity is rooted in Christ alone, there’s no going back. Our eyes have been opened and we’ve finally seen ourselves for the first time. Paul seems to have thought along these lines expressed here in this passage from his letter to the Ephesians: “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people” (Ephesians 1:18). 

I pray that as we continue through this life and into the New Year, that we’ll be able to show others the joy of seeing themselves for the first time in Christ Jesus.

Prayer
Holy Father, you have given us the gift to see ourselves as you see us. Once sinners, but now forgiven, redeemed and founded in your love and compassion. Help us, heavenly Father, to use this to help others to come to you, as you call them. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Joseph Tkach

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About the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA.

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