I Can't See it, But I know It's There
I Corinthians 13:12
August 5, 2007
ILLUS: Many of you may not remember the name, Maria Runyan. Marie Runyan was a participant in the 1500 meter race, held at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Maria did not win the race nor did she bring home a medal; she placed 8th in the finals.
However, Maria brought home something more important than a medal; she brought home a feeling of satisfaction that she had done her best. …Oh, and one other thing; I forgot to tell you, Maria was legally blind. Her vision was so blurred, that she couldn't even see the finish line—she could barely make out the person next to her.
Once during an interview, Maria was asked; "How can you see the finish line?" She replied, "I can't see it, but I know it's there." That woman had a lot of faith and determination.
INTRODUCTION: You know, in a certain sense (spiritually speaking), there are some things we cannot see; yet, we know they are there--we know they exist…we see them through the eyes of faith:
1. We can't see heaven, but we know exists.
2. We can't see Jesus, but we know He's there.
3. We can't see the finish line, but friend, we know it's there. And like the writer in Hebrews, we
"…run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith..." (Hebrews 12:1).
This morning, I want us to consider our faith—the faith we use to see the unseen. The Bible says, "For we walk by faith, not by sight" (II Cor. 5:7). You and I may see things with blurred vision; but because of our faith in God and in His Word, we know what He said is true. With that knowledge, we can make it to the finish line.
"For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known" (I Cor. 13:12).
Let's put down three things:
I. WE CAN'T SEE HEAVEN, BUT WE KNOW
A. Abraham Looked for a ...
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