Have you seen any unseen things lately? Did you know that Christians have the capability of looking at invisible things?
In 2 Corinthians 4:18 the Apostle Paul writes, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” In order to see what is unseen, we must have Forever Eyes—God’s eyes. As Christians, we can see through God’s eyes. We can, but how?
Colossians 1:16 tells us that Jesus created all things, including both visible and invisible things. A. W. Tozer writes, “These invisible unseen things are not figments of our imagination. We’re not talking about visualizing things that are not there, but rather seeing things that are there. The spiritual unseen world is real. Jesus created it. We tend to think of the visible world as real and doubt the reality of any other. . . A spiritual kingdom lies all around us. . . waiting for us to recognize it. This eternal world will come alive to us the moment we begin to fix our eyes on it by faith.”
Max Lucado writes, “I refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal.” That’s another way of saying, I’m not going to be fixed on things which have no lasting value; I’m going to fix my eyes on the unseen.
What are the things which will rot? Our physical body, our jobs, our possessions, that television set, our money, and our problems. Those are a few that come to my mind. In contrast, what are the eternal things that will matter forever? Our soul, the souls of others, our calling, God’s Word, faith, hope, love, serving others, and sending treasures ahead to heaven.
Paul says we must fix our eyes on what is unseen. It’s the “fixing” that gives us trouble. These visible things have a strong allurement, and our eyes keep wandering off in their direction. We can see, touch, taste, and feel them, and they clamor for our attention. We have to learn to “fix” our eyes on the unseen things—to look through Forever Eyes.
I want to give you some practical illustrations of what it means to look through Forever Eyes and see these invisible things