When Paul’s vision was restored after three days of blindness, he also received something spiritual: insight into the person of Jesus Christ. At once Paul “began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God” (Acts 9:20). For the rest of Paul’s days, Jesus Christ was the whole of his life and the whole of his preaching. No other attraction was allowed to hold his mind and soul.

When we receive a vision of Jesus Christ, when the Spirit grants us insight into the character of our Lord, we must immediately begin to live up to the standard of what we’ve seen. The abiding characteristic of spiritual people is an ability to apply what they’ve seen of Jesus Christ to themselves and to share his purposes with others. Whenever we see people steadfastly applying Jesus Christ in this way, we know that they have been remade after God’s own heart. We know that the ruling passion of their life is Jesus Christ.

Never allow anything to distract you from insight into Jesus. It is the test of whether or not you are spiritual. To be unspiritual means that other things still hold fascination for you. The only thing fascinating to a disciple is the Lord. “I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2).

Wisdom from Oswald

Awe is the condition of a man’s spirit realizing Who God is and what He has done for him personally. Our Lord emphasizes the attitude of a child; no attitude can express such solemn awe and familiarity as that of a child.  Not Knowing Whither, 882 L