I have terrible eyesight. I didn’t actually know that for a while, though. When I was in 5th grade, my mom asked me to read a road sign ahead. Not only could I not see the words… I couldn't see the sign. Shortly after, I got my first pair of glasses. That was the thing standing between me and a world of difference!
There’s a story in Matthew 16 where Peter had bad eyesight too. When Jesus calls Peter “Satan,” it seems really harsh. I mean, I’ve been called some names before, but I can’t imagine being called the actual devil by the Son of God. Yikes. But His rebuke is warranted! Here’s why: Peter was the thing standing between Jesus and a world of difference.
Jesus knew to complete His mission, He would have to suffer and be crucified. He knew the WHY behind His mission, too: to give us the hope of Heaven, new life, and an eternity with Him. But Peter couldn’t see that. Peter was only looking from the human, earthly point of view, so he freaked out and tried to run interference for Jesus—but Jesus wouldn’t let anything get in the way of fulfilling His mission. On the other side of the cross was a world of difference, a world with the death-defying love of a risen savior. Peter’s bad eyesight was in the way.
Jesus wants us to have eternal eyesight. When we set our minds on things above, we begin to see the world differently. We feel less at home in the world, but more content with Jesus. We feel less afraid of suffering and more courageous in faith. We feel less swayed by circumstance, and more rooted in joy. That’s the vision we need!
Take a moment to look up the old hymn “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.” If you know it, sing it! Here’s a version I like.