If you wear contacts, you’ve likely been excruciated by an inside-out lens or felt the discomfort of one that’s been slightly torn. In either of those circumstances, the pain is so immediate and so intense that it must be addressed. But some of the issues contact-wearers face are less severe, thus more easily ignored. For example, I’ve never kept an inside-out lens in my eye for more than a moment, but I’ve gone days wearing blurred contacts that were long overdue for a change.
The problem with wearing blurred contacts is that they blur everything else. Absolutely everything in my line of vision is affected by the lens through which I view it.
Throughout the Bible we learn that Jesus is the lens through which we see and make sense of everything else – life, relationships, eternity, and so much more. But if we don’t see Him for who He is, we can’t see anything else for what it is. Although our knowledge of Jesus will always be limited this side of Heaven, seeing Him accurately is the prerequisite to seeing anything else clearly.
An example of this comes from the book of Colossians. In this letter to a Christian congregation, Paul wanted to address the issue of false teaching. The believers in Colossae were apparently susceptible to a particular blend of lies packaged as the truth, and Paul realized the magnitude of what was at stake. Before addressing the specific issue at hand, however, Paul spent a significant portion of the first chapter lifting up Jesus before his audience. He acknowledged Jesus’ preeminence over creation and the Church – both the “secular” and “sacred” realms of life (Colossians 1:15-20).
At first I was confused by what appeared to be an off-topic – albeit powerful – description of Jesus. As I read further, though, it started to make sense. Paul was changing the Colossians’ contact lenses, so to speak. They needed the truth, and the truth always starts with Jesus. Unless we fix our eyes on Jesus, our perspective will always be skewed – sometimes slightly and other times more drastically.
If you’re burdened by your circumstances, overwhelmed by your emotions, or strained by your relationships, it might be time to check your vision. Follow Paul’s precedent by contemplating the person and work of Christ, and see if that doesn’t refine and refresh your perspective, kind of like putting in a new pair of contacts for the very first time.