When we became a follower of Jesus, God gives us spiritual sight and hearing so we could begin experiencing His presence and activity all around us in a deeply relational manner. The Spirit helps us to develop these spiritual senses as we open ourselves to Him. This is not a primarily intellectual activity. Spiritual sensitivity to God is a gift that must be accepted and exercised. Ever notice the heighten value of the verb “receive” in the gospels? Scripture indicates that those who are spiritually dead cannot see or understand spiritual things (Matt. 13:14-15). Without spiritual eyes, you can be right in the midst of a mighty act of God and not recognize it.
There is a radical difference between seeing your surroundings from a human perspective and seeing life through spiritual eyes of the Jesus revelation. Rejecters of the Jesus way will see world events around them and become confused or afraid. We will look at the same events, recognize the activity of God, and adjust our life to His activity. When we meet a person who is seeking God, we will recognize the work of the Holy Spirit and adjust our life to God’s activity (Rom. 3:11). Someone without spiritual perception will encounter that same person and not grasp the eternal significance of what is happening in that person’s life. Others will not know how to discern the truth. Growing in discernment from God is not intellectual growth but relational listening growth. We will hear God’s voice over all other voices, and we will keep our bearings in the midst of the confusing circumstances.
Separateness from God dulls our senses, ultimately leaving us spiritually numb. Do not be content with merely seeing with physical eyes and hearing with natural ears but not sensing what is God’s activity. Lets ask God, through the power of the Spirit, to sensitize us to His activity all around us.