Myopia is a condition where people are short-sighted. They can’t see far objects clearly without the aid of glasses. Many Christians suffer from spiritual myopia too. They only focus on building their kingdom or their local church. They do not consider the wider kingdom of God that exists.
When I decided to do my internship in another church rather than my home church, some were not too pleased. One cut off their financial support since I was not serving back home. Had I given up the faith? Had I stopped serving the universal church of Jesus? No.
I think spiritual myopia is common in many churches. They only consider how their local church can be benefitted. If it doesn’t benefit them, they aren’t interested. But it doesn’t make sense. Isn’t the whole body of Christ one? The apostle Paul says:
If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
1 Corinthians 12:26-27 ESV
If I help build up another member of the body, the whole body should rejoice! An expanded kingdom mindset says, “As long as you’re serving the body of Christ, I’m happy.” Lines cannot be drawn between churches, conferences, denominations, or countries. We are the body of Christ.
A similar example happened during Jesus’s ministry:
John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. For the one who is not against us is for us. For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward.”
Mark 9:38-41 ESV
John was worried when someone was carrying out an exorcism ministry without being part of “The Twelve”. He had spiritual myopia. He wanted to stop that person from casting out demons. Jesus ordered John not to stop him but to let him continue. He was saying, “He’s on our side John!” Jesus even gives a promise: If we bless a fellow brother in Christ, we will be rewarded. That’s Kingdom mindset. Loving your fellow Christians even if they are not part of your clique. Even if they go to another church. Even if they go another conference. Even if they go another denomination. Can we adopt a kingdom mindset and ensure we build the body of Christ?