Pastor's Pen

Having a Clear Lens


The Hubble telescope is one of the truly amazing inventions of man. It orbits 360 miles above the earth's surface, travels at the speed of five miles per second, completing one full orbit of the earth every 96 minutes. It can peer into space seven billion light years away. (BTW - and for the record - I do not believe the earth is that old. But that's for another article).

Before it was launched, numerous delays caused the lens to be stored for seven years in a sterile cell in the Lockheed facility in Sunnyvale, California. The cost was a staggering eight million dollars a month. That's a lot of rent money--one billion, four hundred seventy-two million dollars . . . and no cents!

The reason for the incredible precautions was scientists understood the best way to see the heavens is through a clean lens. One spec of dust, one tiny scratch, one imperfection in any way would distort the view of heaven.

What's true of telescopes is also true of Christians. Believers who cultivate and maintain a pure heart see the activity of the God of Heaven only through a clean lens. Like eye glasses that need cleaning several times a day to stay effective, so also we must examine our hearts several times a day.

A. W. Tozer said it this way,

"You can see God from anywhere if your [heart] is set to love and obey Him. It will cost something to walk [carefully] slowly in the parade of the ages, while excited men rush about, confusing motion with progress; but [walking slowly, carefully] will pay off in the long run."

How are you walking today? Have you taken the time to check your lenses so make sure they are clean so you can see God and have him at work in your life?

Having a clean heart makes it easier to talk with others about Jesus. As we do so, let's be reminded to tell them that:

Jesus is my Savior and He wants to be yours.
The Bible is my only source of authority.
Midvalley is my Church home and I love to have you join me on Sundays.

Looking forward to seeing you on the Lord's Day!

In the light of His glory and grace,

Pastor Doug