by Jacob Hudgins
“For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins”(2 Pet 1:9)
I’m nearsighted. Without glasses I have trouble making out faces and letters until they come close. Glasses and contacts solve the problem, but it is frightening to imagine what it would be like to have no help—to be continually imprisoned by the ability to only see a few feet around you. Perhaps there are important things—or dangerous things—just outside your vision, but you are powerless.
Peter encourages us to refine our character, diligently adding virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love to our faith (2 Pet 1:5-7). “For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins”(2 Pet 1:9). Without steady work on our hearts, we are dangerously vulnerable and myopic. We cannot see into the future, where we will stand before Christ’s judgment seat and answer for our deeds. We even lose touch with our ugly past—“having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.” Glancing only at the few feet around us, we convince ourselves that all is well while our souls languish and we walk away from Jesus.
Combating nearsightedness hinges on a constant awareness of where we have been and where we are going. Do we recall the desperation of our former life of sin? Do we remember how badly we wanted to change—to be cleansed? Do we feel that the months or years of service we have given our Lord somehow make up for what we did? Have we forgotten? He then points us forward—that if we grow in Christ, “there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”(2 Pet 1:11). Look ahead! Are we headed toward the goal or away from it? Don’t be nearsighted!
We get bogged down with life, and it’s essential that we take time out to put on our glasses and see where we’ve been and where we’re headed. Are we still growing in Christ? Don’t be nearsighted!