This has to do with perspective—how things look from where.

With the dawning of faith in his heart the Christian begins to see things in a new light. The change may be slow, as the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit proceeds in his heart, but it is real.

Blurred vision is often a sign of Christian immaturity, and many go through life very conscious of the immediate but woefully unaware of the eternal.

The Apostle Paul experienced a blinding revelation of the risen Christ. From that moment he was a completely changed man, and in later years he said in his defense: “Wherefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision” (Acts 26:19).

Paul’s perspective had changed, and as time went on he was the recipient of direct revelations, so that he could write the Galatian Christians: “For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ” (Gal. 1:11, 12, RSV).

Paul the legalist, the zealot who went about to destroy Christians, became one of them and the most effective witness to their common Lord.

Job, a good man and convinced of his own goodness, went through trials experienced by few. As he experienced the loss of all the world had to offer, there came a day when his perspective was completely revised and he said to God, “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:5, 6).

There should come a time when every Christian has an entirely new perspective on life and the things around him. Delay in acquiring this new perspective can mean untold conflicts of body and spirit. Until ...

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