One year ago today I had a ‘vision’ and I recorded the details in my journal; I want to share that vision with you. My hope is that you will find something to encourage and uplift you. Here we go:
“Just as I can almost see myself complete and a whole man, without the holes and defects of an ‘arrested development’, so Jesus sees us as the men and women we could be if not for the burden and the break of sin, which has separated and rendered us from God, so that (on our own) we can no longer be His children but are cursed to living half-lives. But Jesus sees us as whole and complete in God, so we can find this complete and holy version of ourselves through Christ and identification with Him.
There is a whole ‘man’ that I could be, happy and secure, but my vision is clouded and makes that difficult to attain. My character defects are like holes missing from me, and my whole sense of self is blurry and confused, which is why I live in the fear and grip of the moment, never really knowing who I am or what I’m doing.
But Jesus can fill these defects, somehow, and make me complete again, because He sees me without sin, He sees me whole; He sees me clearly. I can see this, too, through Him.
We all have major flaws and defects which make it impossible to be who we could be. I almost, for a moment, had a vision of myself as a whole, strong, complete, powerful person, but my character defects take all of my attention and energy, so I cannot see myself as I ‘could be’. But Jesus does see us this way. Sin is the root of our incompleteness, but Jesus forgives our sins and is thus able to see us as we could be.
So to see ourselves whole we must see ourselves through Christ. Jesus is the key to a complete picture of ourselves.”
Genesis 3:5-76 “‘God understands what will happen on the day you eat fruit from that tree. You will see what you have done, and you will know the difference between right and wrong, just as God does.’ The woman stared at the fruit. It looked beautiful and tasty. She wanted the wisdom that it would give her, and she ate some of the fruit. Her husband was there with her, so she gave some to him, and he ate it too. At once they saw what they had done, and they realized they were naked. Then they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.” (CEV)
Romans 6:11-13 “In the same way, you must think of yourselves as dead to the power of sin. But Christ Jesus has given life to you, and you live for God. Don’t let sin rule your body. After all, your body is bound to die, so don’t obey its desires or let any part of it become a slave of evil. Give yourselves to God, as people who have been raised from death to life. Make every part of your body a slave that pleases God.” (CEV)