‘for we walk by faith, not by sight. ‘
2 Corinthians 5:7
I’m pumped up to share an awesome piece of truth with y’all today that I pray will not only impact today, but will springboard you to taking up this truth throughout your week!
Lately, the Lord has been teaching me this lesson more and more, and wouldn’t you know it that this verse from His Word keeps finding it’s way into my life! I know this is a super short verse but it holds SO MUCH POWERFUL TRUTH if we don’t overlook it and grab onto what God is telling us here.
In my everyday life, with work, school, time with my wife and others, I’ve seen this pattern continuing to come up in my life. I’ve noticed many areas where I was facing doubt, worry, and basing my actions off of what others around me do or say. Realizing this has been a big-time eye opener to me but also extremely convicting. I found myself asking good questions from this truth, “am I living off of sight, by what I see around me, what I see others do or say, by how I think I should feel or how I do feel? Or am I living by faith, seeing life through Jesus’ eyes and acting in ways that He would act?”
Unfortunately, I saw the answers to those questions laid in the arena of sight more than faith. The things I noticed from living by sight was a hard pill to swallow but thank God for His truth and how He is constantly teaching us because without Him we would live our lives in the same old rotten hole and never be able to dig our way out. Living by sight, it was moments where I saw someone doing something that I know isn’t right and acting in a way that doesn’t line up with how Jesus would respond. Or in another scenario, if someone was treating me or speaking to me poorly then, I would find myself once again being controlled by the noise and situations around me in how I handled those moments. Living by sight is something that holds us back and puts a barrier between us and how God calls us to live.
Living by sight is living out of the negative energy and words we hear or see around us every single day and responding in a similar fashion. Living by sight is when we have work that must get done, work that God has called us to do, but living by sight we see it in a horizontal worldly perspective and fall prey to the lies of; “you don’t have what it takes to accomplish this task, look at how much you have to do, this is going to be so hard, you could never do all that.”
It’s things like that where living by sight brings out the worst in us, it holds us back and always makes excuses or justifies our actions to give minimal effort or handle situations in a poor hearted, low living way. Living by sight can be crippling, it can cause us to live by the ways people are acting or speaking around us instead of living in the truth of what God has shown us is right and living by our convictions of faith.
Now on the other hand, living by faith changes the game completely, instead of living out of how you feel, how others are acting around you, or what the world tells you is truth. Living by faith raises our perspective because our faith is in Jesus Christ! Therefore, our vision is lifted to seeing life through the lens of Jesus, we hear someone say something negative, where living by sight says stay quiet or be upset and negative in response because that’s what they deserve. Living by faith shows us a lifted up outlook on how to handle it, by faith in Christ we see how Christ would want us to handle it, to love and encourage others despite how they are acting, despite how they treat you, or what you think they deserve. Living by faith raises our standards of living to that of Jesus, and just like Jesus, acting out of faith instead of by sight, the world around us and the people around us is deeply affected by the way we act. Living by faith is going against the grain, yeah you may not feel like it, yeah you may have had a long day at work and nobody would think otherwise if you acted lazily or negative, but we aren’t called to live by sight and live out of the convictions of the world and what the world says is okay. We are called to live by faith and that means to stop looking at your situation in your small, horizontal human vision.
Living by faith says to lift your eyes up to Jesus, see Him and who He is, take notice of His powerful presence and provision in your life. Then watch all those false “sight expectations” you kept putting on so many areas of your life melt away in the place of Jesus. Living by sight sets our expectations super low, but LIVING BY FAITH says you are enough through Jesus who gives you strength, that what He has called you to He’s equipped you for, that no situation or task is too great for the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings to overcome!!!!
Living by sight can control you and have you living a very low, small and fearful life. That sucks. So let’s make a focus this week to not do that. Let’s live by faith and let the chains that we’ve been letting our “sight living” set for us be ripped away! You don’t have to act on how you feel, you don’t have to act by what you see, you get to act out of faith in Jesus and in sight of how Jesus would act!!! Live by faith, not by sight, for sight holds you back and through faith, Jesus can do some pretty awesome things in your life!!!!