Spiritual Myopathy

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Things that are seen don’t last forever, but things that are not seen are eternal. That’s why we keep our minds on the things that cannot be seen” (2 Cor. 4:18).

Poor eyesight has plagued me for the most part of my life. After more than ten surgeries, I still have poor eyesight. My physical problems were considered a legal handicap, but to me they were just a minor annoyance. This is what I was given; I did not have a choice in how I see the world.

With the spiritual world, I can see better than most. My advantage is obviously not physical, but it is found in focusing on the eternal rather than the temporal. You do not need good eyesight; you need good heart-sight. You must be focused on things that the eye cannot see.

A disturbing trend today is seen in all the building to accommodate perceived audiences. Much of this is superficial stuff, or what I call eye-candy. New buildings or remodeled ones with all the obligatory multi-media support. We provide all the amenities that make us more attractive to selected visitors. Interiors are designed to catch their eye as soon as they enter the building. All these things will perish shortly after the warranty runs out.

It would probably shock many members if they knew how much money had been spent on coffee makers, coffee and supplies to provide the beverage for its attendees. In some areas, the coffee selections have been the determining factor that led some to decide where to attend. Is this what Paul had in mind?

Let us ask this simple question: What is it that draws men to God?

Listen to the Lord’s own words, “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself” (John 12:32). Jesus is the drawing power and the gospel is the messaging that people must hear (Rom. 1:16). That is the only thing that will last.

Jesse Tubbs
Madison, AL

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