Christians live with double-vision. We walk by faith, not sight. Many well-meaning Christians, however, take this to mean we no longer see the things of this earth, or that, as the hymn goes: “The things of earth will grow strangely dim.” If I might, I propose a revision to that lyric: “the things of earth will grow wonderfully clear.”
Looking to Christ in faith does not blur our vision of earthly things. Rather, it brings it all into clear focus. Our mission to preach the Gospel to every creature isn’t done on the astral plane. It’s done by physically going: whether it be by boarding an earthly means of transportation, or by using earthly means of communication like books, websites, and podcasts to reach the lost. The Gospel is proclaimed over dinner tables, at hospital beds, through prison bars, in coffee shops, and around water coolers.
This double-vision enables you to see this world as what it shall one day be: filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as waters cover the sea. The world is rightfully Christ’s, and our evangelistic efforts are aimed to tell the world to get with the program. Our evangelism must be centered here, as the saints gather around the Word to worship the Word.
Every nation, tribe, and tongue will one day confess the Gospel we preach and believe. This will be accomplished as Christians live with double vision in their daily vocation. So change that next set of tires. Build the next website. Grade the next paper. Write the next article. Change the next diaper. Each of these mundane activities are in vain if they’re not done out of faithful service to the Lord. But by faithfulness in the seeming mundane duties of our daily vocations, Christ is hastening the day when our faith is sight, and our prayers melt into praise.
Remember, the hope of the resurrection is ours. This should dispel worry, fear, and despair. Yet how often do we cower back when we should charge forward. We worry about the scary things in the news. We treat the mundane moments of life with discouragement or contempt, when we should offer them up to our Father, trusting Him to use these moments to build His kingdom. Stop living with such short-sightedness. Instead, we should live with the double vision of seeing that Christ’s Kingdom is already but not yet.