Our Bible verse for today: “For we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “See beyond the physical”
The spiritual realm is much more real and much more important than the physical realm. As we journey through this world in these physical bodies the physical realm is what we most easily relate to, but that’s essentially that caterpillar existence we’ve thought about in previous devotionals. Our goal is to awaken to our spiritual selves, become progressively more and more spiritually mature, and learn to see the spiritual realities that are before us rather than just the physical.
That’s what the Apostle Paul was describing for us in 2 Corinthians 4:18. This is learned and it is intentional. If we’re not intentional about it, we will by default remain trapped in a physical, worldly perspective of people and events. In his wonderful little Bible study, “The Way of Love” author Ted Dekker offers numerous helpful illustrations that show the difference between the two perspectives. The caterpillar and the butterfly illustration was one, here’s another:
“Imagine that you are a man named Clark Kent who goes to work each day in a business suit, having no idea he is more than Clark Kent. One day a wise sage tells him that “Clark” is only a role he is playing on earth. In reality, he is Superman. If he strips off that costume, he will see who he is, and who he is can fly. Flying high above, his whole perspective of the world is radically different than what he saw on the street. He experiences a whole new way of being in this world.”
That’s us as Christians. We’re not Superman or Superwoman, but we are glorified spiritual beings in physical bodies, and while the physical being is limited to the physical realm, our spiritual selves have the capacity for spiritual understanding. We can indeed learn to see and understand people and events the way Jesus sees them. And that changes everything.
It was C.S. Lewis who once wrote, “There are no ordinary people. You have not spoken to a “mere” mortal …” Lewis was talking about the spiritual reality. He was urging his readers to learn to see people and events with spiritual eyes, with spiritual understanding, because when we do, it changes everything. It changes how we will think about people and events, and it changes how we relate to them.