To really see is to really love. When we understand a person, love comes. It is hard to hate or despise someone when we understand their perspective, understand their reality and understand their pain.
It is rare to be truly seen in this day and age. To be seen and known by another is the desire of countless hearts across the nations of this world. Both believers and unbelievers battle through this life feeling unseen and unknown by the people around them.
But God sees.
We need to earnestly desire to see people the way that God sees them. To look deeper than their outer appearance and perceive their heart.
This means looking at people who anger us, persecute us, ridicule us, deliberately hurt and disrespect us as those that Jesus died and rose again for.
Imagine Jesus choosing to dine with them, choosing to heal them, to teach them and beckoning them to follow Him. Because that is what He did; He came to seek and to save those who are lost, to expose darkness to light.
As we encounter difficult and challenging people in our lives we would do well to consider this;
That person who explodes with anger at any mention of God, who is quick to persecute through violent means anyone who professes faith in Christ.
– A potential passionate, fearless preacher and proclaimer of the gospel of Christ?
That person who is greedy for money; who readily and regularly exploits the poor for selfish gain and self-promotion.
– A potential kind, generous provider of money and resources to spread the gospel and protect the poor?
That person who lives a life of violence and destruction, who bullies and coerces others into submission to wicked schemes.
– A humble, gentle and honest believer who demonstrates powerfully the love and grace of God to all they meet?
This calls for a Selah moment. We need to pause and consider these things.
To think like this is to grow up in Christ, to put away childish thoughts and think as an adult in the kingdom of God. To aspire to more than just seeing through a glass darkly.
‘Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief.’ – 1 Timothy 1 v 13
We have all experienced a measure of this. We have all walked in ignorance and unbelief.
We must show mercy if we want to receive mercy.
I believe with all my heart that those who show the most hatred for Jesus are the ones that are ripe for a life changing encounter with Him. Jesus sees and He knows the glorious future He has in mind for them.
Like the woman at the well, if they knew the gift of God, they would ask Him…and He would give them living water (John 4 v 10).
Without a vision the people perish. If we do not have a vision for the transformation of unbelievers, they will perish.
Transformation is in the eyes of God.
‘Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners- of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His immense patience as an example for those who would believe in Him and receive eternal life.’- 1 Timothy 1 v 15-16
Do you see a person transformed?