Dot was a mutt of dubious background, white with black spots here and there and a fringe of curly bang hanging over her eyes. She seemed somewhat oblivious to her environment so her owner decided to give her a hair cut. Off came the bangs - and Dot became a new dog. Her eyes almost popped out of her head as she looked around. She could see! The world was a fantastic place, one that she had never perceived before. We laughed at her for days as she walked around with new awareness of an environment that her shaggy mane had prevented her from appreciating.
An eighteen year old girl struggled with things that other people seemed to see but she could not. She strained and squinted but it didn’t really help. Then one day she put on her first pair of glasses. She could see! Like Dot, she looked around with amazed awareness. It was as if her whole world suddenly became real. She knew something had been missing but without some help, never would have found out what it was.
The Bible says that people are spiritually blind because of sin. It is like the curly mane that hung over Dot’s eyes and blocked her vision. Sin prevents people from perceiving the glory of God and seeing the reality of spiritual truth. Sin even makes people blind to the fact that they can not see. In other words, many people don’t know what they are missing.
The Bible also says that even should we be aware of our condition, still our “eye has not seen... the things that God has prepared for those who love Him.” Our spiritual vision is far from 20/20. Not only do we need our “blindfold” removed, we need some lenses.
It was because of our sin-blinded condition that God the Father sent God the Son into the world. Jesus said, “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not remain in darkness” (John 12:46). Jesus came from God to “take away the sin of the world.” Faith in Him is the response required from us to have the blindfold removed.
But once sin is dealt with, there remains the problem of poor vision. The human eye is not capable of seeing spiritual truth; the human mind is incapable of understanding it.
Again, the Lord is the One who opens the eyes to see and minds to understand.
2 Corinthians 2 says that we cannot see what God has prepared “but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit.... that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God... but the natural man (the one without faith in Jesus Christ) does not receive the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
This does not give the spiritual man reason to boast. On the contrary, anyone who has had the Sin-remover do His work and the “lenses” applied to his spiritual eyes knows that he did nothing to merit such mercy. It is “God who commanded the light to shine out of darkness,” and God who “shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (II Corinthians 4).
If I could have cut away my own blinders and fixed my own blindness, I would not have done it. The nature of sin is that I didn’t want to see. Dot didn’t come willingly for her haircut, neither. Nor did the 18 year old didn’t think she could afford glasses. But both were glad that someone else gave them the gift of seeing. So am I.