Through His Eyes

July 26, 2007

Have you ever had an opportunity to teach Jesus to someone, but didn’t? So you justified your actions because:

their clothes weren’t right,

they had been married a dozen times,

they had tattoos and piercings,

they used foul language,

their kids were wild,

they were too rich or too poor,

they didn’t measure up to what you think they should so instead of mentioning Christ you said nothing and walked away.

When’s the last time you looked at someone through the eyes of Jesus and saw their pain instead of their clothing?

When’s the last time you looked at someone through the eyes of Jesus and saw their precious soul instead of their failed marriages?

When’s the last time you looked at someone through the eyes of Jesus and saw their chance at eternal life instead of their tattoos or piercings?

The world sees only the outward appearances, the failures, the bad habits, the lack of discretion. Aren’t we thankful that we have a God who sees our heart (I Samuel 16:7)? We have a God who looks past our appearances, our mistakes, our tendencies, even our sometimes lack of good judgment. Thankfully, we have a Father and Savior who exhibit compassion.

The compassion of Jesus is mentioned several times in the Bible. In Matthew 9:36 as Jesus walked through the city and saw the people He felt compassion for them because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.

As he grieves over Jerusalem in Matthew 23:37 and Luke 13:34 He speaks of being able to gather up the people as a hen gathers her chicks.

In John 6 Jesus once again showed his compassion as he looked out over the mountain and saw the great crowd that had followed him. He asks Phillip in verse 5, “Where are we to buy bread so that these can eat?”

Jesus looked past the outer appearance of men. He didn’t look down on people for their shortcomings, their professions, or their past. He saw their potential. He saw their worth for He died for us while we were still in our sins.

Christ loves us in spite of who we are, what we’ve done and where we’ve been.

As we approach that great Day let us never forget His compassion and let us always share it with those we meet on the way home.

Help us Lord to see others through Your eyes.

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  •    Wade Tannehill  |  July 26th, 2007 at 6:43 pm     Reply

    Paula,

    Excellent post. I suppose that for me I find the “rich” or the “beautiful people” to be more intimidating to approach than the “poor” or marginalized. I guess I assume they won’t see the need for Jesus, but who am I to make that assumption? Only God sees the heart. Knowing what it is to be judged on assumptions, we should indeed resist doing the same to others.

  •    Neva  |  July 28th, 2007 at 3:29 am     Reply

    This is one of my greatest frustrations, categorizing lost souls. (worthy lost and unworthy lost)

    Thanks Paula
    Peace
    Neva

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