"Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not?" When Christ Jesus asked these questions of his disciples, wasn't he implying that there are things to see—and ways of seeing them—that aren't so evident to the human senses? The Master often perceived the beauty and perfection of God's creation where others may have seen only a diseased or sinful person. And he also consistently heard God's messages of truth and love when others were listening only to the world's arguments of despair and fear.

What effect did Jesus' spiritual vision and discernment have? It had a healing effect—even at times when there may have seemed to be no hope at all. For example, when Jesus came upon a man born blind, Jesus said that "the works of God should be made manifest in him." To most of the people witnessing this event, it probably wasn't evident that the "man which was blind from his birth" was actually God's perfect child—His perfect work. Yet this is what Jesus beheld, and the power behind his prayer healed the man. He received his sight.

If Jesus saw things spiritually as he prayed—if he could see and understand what is hidden from mortal sense but revealed through spiritual discernment—he surely intended his followers to do the same. Clear spiritual vision does bring healing, renewal, and freedom. If faced with disease or any type of difficulty, instead of feeling trapped in darkness or confusion, we can turn to God and discover what more we can see and hear.

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Sharpening our spiritual senses?
May 10, 1993

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