Thursday, May 26, 2011

Look Anew

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Cor 4:18)

Unfortunately, many of us have become transfixed by this world that is temporary and passing away, rather than by the world which gave us birth—the eternal and invisible. Our vision has been seduced away from the most-real realm—the spirit realm—to the temporary arena where neither God nor us are understood in truth, and our sight has been shifted away from the eyes of our heart to the eyes in our head. The effect on the church is calamitous. We don’t see ourselves as God does, we don’t approach each other in the revelation of God’s glory now shared with us, so we don’t see Him either.

Even though God has perfected us in Christ (“because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” Heb 10:14), we don’t believe He has because we’re not looking where He is.

But some of us are.

For those whose eyes have been opened by the Spirit, continue in the hope that you have—it will be strength to you—and assist others whose eyes God will open. I know you will encounter loneliness and rejection, sometimes by the very people God has changed and made radiant, but, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” (Col 3:1-3)

You are magnificent. If you’re not seeing it just now, it’s not because it’s not true, it’s because you’re not looking in the right place. Look anew.


  1. Sharon Stiles7:47 PM

    WOW! sweet words Ralph

  2. Deanna Kalas Duncan7:47 PM

    I love reading your notes.

  3. Donna Downs7:58 PM

    This is the kind of stuff we need for the new Lifetime site. Thanks for sharing!

  4. John Madden9:20 AM

    Thank you Ralph Harris

  5. David Borum9:21 AM

    How easy it is to get caught up in negative introspection. How often I look in the wrong place. Thanks for the much needed reminder!

  6. Tina Willis9:24 AM

    Ralph, this is such a life transforming truth~ and when our eyes are on that which is true in the spiritual... we end up seeing it manifest in the physical. How awesome is our God~!!!!!!

  7. Tim Childers9:36 AM

    Ralph my boy!! I needed that today! THANKS!!

  8. Jackie Hyatt Lacy9:49 AM

    Amen to every word of this! Living in it, loving it and sharing with everyone I encounter! Thank you Ralph for sharing this magnificent TRUTH!

  9. Mark Vilen1:54 PM

    Thanks, Ralph. I tend to look in the wrong direction too often ... :)

  10. Mark--Me too! Remind me where to look whenever you can because I'll need it.