“For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.”
We get our English word myopic from the Greek for “shortsighted.” To be “shortsighted” is to be near-sighted. Spiritually this means to be extremely limited in spiritual understanding. There is a problem of spiritual comprehension with this person. He only sees what is in front of his nose; he sees only the temporal. He does not have the capacity to discern spiritual things.
Myopia means that the distant rays of light fall short of the retina of the eye. That light is only a blur. Aristotle used this word for a nearsighted man. He is not stone blind. He has some spiritual sight, but he has sin-sick sight.
The spiritually shortsighted person sees only what is miserly.
Some Christians are near-sighted. They cannot see anything but their own world of needs. A mature Christian can see eternal values; he sees beyond temporal values. He does not value the seven items of the chorus of verses 5-7.
They never developed their faith. They never “add to their faith” (1:5), so their faith never increases. They do not move on or up or out. They stayed right where they were. They run on a treadmill spiritually. They do not get anywhere. No underdeveloped Christian wants to share his faith. They find it difficult to walk with God and have a regular devotional life. There is always some reason. It is either too hot or too cold. It is too dry or too slippery. It is always too something.
He 12:1-2, “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [those who lived by faith of chapter 11], let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
No Christian should be a babe for ten years. He should get out his spiritual diapers as soon as possible. There will be hard times through the turbulent spiritual teenage period; however, if he continues to grow, he will be able to apply truth to experience for himself and reproduce himself spiritually.
So many Christians arrest their spiritual growth and end dwarfed as spiritual pigmies. People must carry them around on spiritual pillows. Everyone must cater to them because their feelings are hurt so easily. Their feelings get hurt so easily, and then they gossip. They will even slander others. They would not dare think about adultery, but they readily detract from others. People must stroke them gently, or they will blow. That will get them through the immediate emergency, but someone will soon need to nurse them through another crisis.
Mature Christians must descend upon you to nurse you through another problem. You fell down. People rush to your side to pick the cinders out of your flesh. They get you on your feet again, one on either side, to get you going again. That is one thing as a new Christian, but it is another if you have been a Christian for ten years. A child on the bottle after ten years is not a pretty sight.
Are you willing to be weaned from your spiritual immaturity?