Odds are that your vision is not 20/20. If you’re one of the millions of people that need some sort of corrective lenses, you know that poor eye-sight is not something to take lightly. When your vision is cloudy, tasks that should be easy become nearly impossible to complete. For example, reading this article or recognizing a face from several yards away should be fairly easy to do; but if you throw just a small amount of nearsightedness or farsightedness into the mix, those simple tasks become impossible to complete without some sort of corrective lens.
In 2 Peter 1, Peter reminds his readers about some serious spiritual vision problems. Just like physical vision problems, spiritual vision problems can make even the easiest tasks become impossible to complete. Simple tasks like praying for a brother in need of encouragement or showing up for worship become increasingly difficult when Christ gets blurry. Peter recommends some corrective lenses in 2 Peter 1:5 – 8,
“For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
If you’re having trouble seeing clearly in your spiritual life, try taking the advice of Peter. Make every effort to increase in faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection and love. You’ll be surprised how quickly your vision starts to clear up.