What Do You See

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Having Spiritual vision propels us to fulfill God’s mission.

Last weekend a group of us from Generation Church gathered to see. We gathered to see what God was doing and to be amazed! It was a holy moment. We got to experience a piece of the Kingdom of God in real time.

Months earlier God put on my heart the story of Elisha and his servant in 2 Kings 6. It was about spiritual sight and living according to the true reality of God rather than the circumstances around us. Elisha was so in tune with the Spirit of God that no earthly circumstance was going to rattle him. It felt like a perfect story for us to study at the retreat.

We all felt it. The Scriptures came alive to us and then the reality of the journey and mission God has for us came alive as well, as leaders from our church shared what God is doing in our midst. We got excited, not because it was a good Bible study or a nice time together (although both of those are true). We got excited because we started to see what it looks like to be on mission together. And that, my friends, is how God designed it.

Even in 2nd Kings we see it. Israel was chosen by God from all the other nations. Not for their own sake (although they would be blessed), but for the rest of creation. They were blessed by God to be a blessing to the whole world.

But they lost their way. They hoarded their blessing, and worse, they turned to other gods and started to live just like everyone else around them. They lost sight of God and therefore they lost sight of the mission He had for them.

In this story, God delivers the enemies of Israel to them on a silver platter through Elisha. Instead of just doing what everyone else does, kill, he King of Israel asks Elisha, “What should we do?” Elisha tells them to feed their enemies, to bless them and send them on their way.

Israel became a blessing to their neighbors, not an enemy. And it created peace. They were, even if just for a short time, fulfilling the mission God had intended for them. And it was because they sought God and to see things how He sees things.

The same is true for us. It’s so easy for us to forget that we (the church) exist solely for the mission of God, to reconcile all of creation to the creator. But when we seek the will of God and see things with spiritual vision it propels us to mission.

It reminds us why we exist and we get excited. Not because it’s hip and trendy or it’s the cool new thing. It’s been the thing since the Church (and even Israel) began. When we live into God’s purpose for us we feel alive, because we are abiding in the only true source of life. And that source, Jesus, calls us, equips us, and sends us into His mission.

May we continue see with spiritual sight so that we may be a blessing to those around us to see the Gospel go forth throughout South County and beyond.

Ryan Lospaluto