What You See is What You Get
A California newspaper published an article which contrasted the living habits of two kinds of birds inhabiting their region, largely consisting of a desert area. The vulture and the hummingbird were the two feathered creatures. All the vulture can see is rotting meat, because that is all it looks for to eat. The hummingbird ignores the carcasses and the smell of corruption of dead flesh, rather looking for the tiny blossoms of the cactus flowers. It buzzes around until it finds the colorful blooms, almost hidden from view by the rocks. Each fowl finds what it is looking for to define its existence.
What are you looking for in your life? Our expectations will determine the realization of life. This truth may sound negative or critical, but it is Biblical. No, I do not mean just your physical eyesight. Listen rather to Solomon, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” (Proverbs 4:23) Your direction will lead to your destination, but the journey will be sweeter if your course can see and smell the flowers along the way. God has put such wonderful blessings of goodness, kindness, mercy, service, loving relationships, and to share it all with those who have the “like precious faith” is such a great thing.
Jesus adds this perspective to our vision when He said, “The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body is also full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness. Therefore, take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light.” Jesus claimed, “I am the light of the world.” (John 8:12) We are the reflection of Jesus in our thoughts, words, and actions. Does Jesus guide all your choices? Is your purpose the same purpose He had? Jesus used His life to serve others. He never put His life over the mission.
Jesus called others to follow Him. The term used is a disciple or learner. He invited everyone to follow Him, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross.” (Luke 9:23) The first requirement is to deny yourself. Every day we must take up our cross, or accept circumstances for the sake of the kingdom of God. What sacrifices in your life are directly related to living for the cause of Christ? Finally, to follow Jesus is more than just believing in Him. It comes down to letting His will take precedence in everything. What you see is what you get! Do you see it from His perspective?