Singular Vision

Cigoli - The Stoning of St Stephen - WGA04883

“Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth at him. But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. And he said, ‘Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.’ But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together at him. Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him.”- Acts 7:54-58

The disciple of Christ must have tunnel vision, and must keep, at all times, his vision on Christ. He sees his life only in relationship to this supreme reality, that Christ is his Lord, Master, and Savior. He sees everything in relationship to his identity as follower and disciple of Christ. His job is but a means of discipleship, his extra-curricular activities are but a means of his discipleship, his relationships are but a means to his discipleship, indeed everything is but a means to his discipleship. All things in the believer’s life are seen as a means to an end, the end being the glory and exaltation of Jesus Christ. We must develop singular vision. The temptation for a believer is to see life through a different vision, a different reality other than the one of Christ. But daily, moment by moment, we must re-orient our vision around the Christ. Our hearts have been opened and ushered into heaven, to behold the wonder and beauty of Jesus at the right hand of the Father. We, like Stephen, have been given a glorious vision of the supremacy and all surpassing worth of Christ. He is our Savior, our Brother, our King. If we are safe in Him, we are truly safe. If we are saved in Him, we are truly saved. This is why Stephen can endure the stones, because the mesmerizing glory of Christ has overwhelmed and overcome him. The stones must have hurt. He must have felt the pain. But compared to the worth of Christ and what awaited Stephen on the other side when he breathed his last breath, i’m sure the pain melted swiftly away to give rise to utter peace and joy. The story of Stephen challenges me to have singular vision today, seeing all other things either has hindrances to glorifying God or as a means to glorify God. Let us call ourselves back to what we have tasted, what we have come to know, daily. Christ is better, Christ is more beautiful, Christ is more glorious, and may our lives reflect what we know is true.



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