“But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17 For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.” Matthew 13:16-17
Matthew chapter 13 brings to us the parable of the sower; a story that most of us are very familiar with, as we have heard it taught many times. Looking at verses 16-17 of chapter 13, we see Jesus address His disciples with the revelation that they have been given something that many have longed for yet not received: a clear vision of the Kingdom of God. Jesus had pulled back the veil and shown them the simple and profound truth that is the Kingdom. The question is… why? It was not for them to brag about, or put them in a position to look down on everyone else, or to create a super exclusive club. Jesus cleared their vision for the purpose of equipping and sharing. The disciples were going to be at the forefront of spreading the gospel and they needed to be clear about their understanding.
The disciples were blessed as they saw the gospel lived out before their eyes. Today, the call for clarity and focus is the same for us. God has allowed us to see the Kingdom through the lens of the Word and the Holy Spirit. The purpose is the same–to equip and to share. The year 2020 will bring about many challenges and opportunities. As we look forward, let’s be clear about our purpose. We are to equip ourselves and be prepared to share. When we read the Bible, let’s read it as though we will be required to teach it to both a fourth-generation Bible scholar and a third- grader. Focus on the depth and simplicity of the gospel, then help others to see the Kingdom of God clearly.
Lord, help us to have clear vision and understanding of Your Kingdom. Give us the ability to focus on the depth and simplicity of Your Word. Give us the courage and opportunity to share Your love, Your Word, and Your Kingdom with others. Amen.