My eyes were not cooperating. Everything felt out of whack. My right eye seemed to be fighting the new prescription. I felt feverish and low level disoriented. Those who know me well may suggest that is normal. It got to the point that I felt bad enough that I thought I might be running a fever, but no.
What has this to do with us as believers? I have been working through an issue with a pastor in another country who is ministering to people who are coming to Christ out of a heavily legalistic religious system. He is struggling with how to share the grace of God and the need to follow Christ with these people and not have them replace one legalistic system with an evangelical legalistic system. That is our wont is it not. To look to perform to a standard. But Colossians 2:9 – 10 says that these new believers are complete in Christ. It is grace for them not works. It is a new view of the world. A new set of glasses for them.
When our world view is challenged and changed, it is, like my experience this morning, at some level disorienting. It takes time to adjust to the new realities. That is a challenge for new believers as they learn about God’s grace. But it should be nearly a daily experience for us as believers as we continually come to the Word of God to have our spiritual glasses adjusted. For no matter how long we have been on this path, we have not aligned ourselves completely with our Lord’s view of things. Each time we come to His Word it should have the effect of adjusting our “prescription.” That should have the impact of disorienting us to this world on a regular basis.