“For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.” (2 Pet. 1:9)
How is our vision? Many blind individuals cried out to Jesus to have their vision restored (cf. Matt. 9:27-31, 20:30-34; Mark 10:46-52). Jesus cured one man of his blindness that he had from birth (cf. John 9).
Far worse than physical blindness is spiritual blindness. The Pharisees had this problem (Matt. 15:12-14). It can afflict any child of God who does not add to their faith the valuable traits of virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love. Void of these characteristics we become blind and nearsighted. We are blind to the far more important spiritual matters and the material realm is all that we see. Instead, let us set our minds on things above, not on things of the earth (Col. 3:2). Remember, spiritually we walk by faith and not by sight allowing the invisible God to direct our steps through His Word (2 Cor. 5:7; Jer. 10:23; Psalm 119:105).
The old man of sin must be dead in our lives. Let us keep our eyes on Jesus and press on toward the goal!