THE VISIBLE HORIZON

By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel


INTRODUCTION

The visible horizon can be the limit of a person's range of perception, capabilities, or experience; or one can go beyond such perception with new knowledge or experiences being found.  One's visible horizon can either encourage or impede one's progress in life.  (Comment)


THE VISIBLE HORIZON
LAUNCH OUT INTO THE DEEP

In the story of the miracle of the fishes Jesus encouraged Simon Peter to launch out into the deep.  Simon answered the Lord in saying, Master, we have toiled all the night and have caught nothing; nevertheless at your word I will let down the net (Luke 5:4-5).

Simon Peter, and those with him, had attained only the visible horizon; in the fact that being seasoned fishermen by trade, they knew where and when fish were to be had or not.  Jesus words "Launch out into the Deep" was to go beyond the visible towards that which did not seem to be attainable.

The visible horizon can either encourage one towards a greater goal or it can be a stopping point.  Jesus was teaching those He addressed to launch out into the deep beyond that which was visible.  In doing so they caught a great multitude of fish; so much so that their nets begin to break (Luke 5:6).

Jesus, after the miracle of the fishes, still desired that Simon Peter, and his partners, to go beyond even that, in saying: From henceforth you shall catch men.  And when they had brought their ship to land, they left behind all and followed him (Luke 5:10-11).  They had been called into the ministry of winning souls.

WILLINGNESS TO GO BEYOND

Had the Wright brothers given up their pursuit of flying, after failing in the initial attempt to do so, they would not have realized the victorious moment of having made history.  Had those responsible for extending the borders of America; stopped at the visible horizon, without seeking that which was beyond, America would not have seen its borders extended from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

Had those who made history stopped at that which was visible; not attempting to go beyond, their escapades would not have been written.  One's spiritual awakening is because of the willingness to go beyond the natural; seeking those things which are heavenly.  When one does so; they are rewarded for having gone past the visible into that which cannot be seen.

FREEDOM OF WORSHIP

I watched a documentary concerning the pilgrims who left a country that would not allow freedom of worship.  The pilgrims departed that country; enduring much hardship, even loss of life, going past the visible horizon towards that which was beyond.

They boarded a ship for a long dangerous journey into the unknown; not knowing what laid ahead, but willing to endure whatever hardship came their way, seeking freedom of worship.  The faces of the pilgrims was set towards a distant horizon; no matter the cost!

Scripture reveals:

Confessing that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  They that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.  And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from where they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.  But now they desire a better country, that is an heavenly, wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God (Hebrews 11:13-16).

ONE'S OWN HORIZON

The apostle Paul attempted to extend the range of vision of the men of Athens whose horizon were limited to idol worship.  They even worshiped an unknown god by chance they might have missed any to worship.  Paul declared to them who this unknown god was.  Some mocked him; others said we will heard you again of this matter, others believed and joined Paul (Acts 17:31-34).

Those caught up in idol worship wanted to remain in the visible horizon that they could readily see; that which was shaped by art and man's devising.  Such were satisfied to feast upon the idols of the land already proclaimed (Acts 17:31-34). 

One's horizon can be limited to what one wants to do or only what one is interested  or involved in.  If it is the ways of the world; they will indulge in the temporary benefits it holds.  If it is in Christ, they will benefit in what so many who have endured to the end received; eternal life in Christ (Matthew 24:13). 

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