Paul was encouraging his spiritual brothers not to allow problems, difficulties, persecutions—tribulations of whatever nature—to cloud their view of the glorious reward that had been set before them. They should look beyond their present circumstances, keeping their eyes fixed on the happy outcome of the Christian course. That was what helped them to renew on a daily basis their resolve to press on in the battle. Christians today are equally in need of having such good spiritual eyesight.
GOOD physical eyesight is a blessing. In fact, most people would say that few things they possess are more precious. For Christians, however, there is a kind of eyesight spoken of by the apostle Paul that is of greater value than even good physical eyesight. “We keep our eyes, not on the things seen, but on the things unseen,” wrote Paul. (2 Corinthians 4:18) It must be a very special kind of vision indeed that enables one to see things that are unseen! We might call it 20/20 vision of a spiritual kind