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Seeing Through the Eyes of JesusSeeing Through the Eyes of Jesus
by Phil Ware

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    When I was 12 years old, I finished up my infamous Little League career by being hit by a pitched ball 17 times in 15 games. Not a stat anyone wants to have! Shortly after the season ended, we discovered why every pitch looked like a curve to me. My right eye was dominant, but very very weak. I would watch the ball with my left eye until it was 5 or 6 feet away and then switch to my right eye – the ball would jump a foot or so in my perception. When I got my glasses, not only could I see the baseball much better, the whole world opened up to me. I could see blades of grass and leaves in the trees and not just green blurs. Tiny details I had never seen suddenly came into sharp focus. It was wonderful.

    Paul talks about a similar transformation of sight in 2 Corinthians 5:14-17 (NLT):

Whatever we do, it is because Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for everyone, we also believe that we have all died to the old life we used to live. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live to please themselves. Instead, they will live to please Christ, who died and was raised for them. So we have stopped evaluating others by what the world thinks about them. Once I mistakenly thought of Christ that way, as though he were merely a human being. How differently I think about him now! What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!

    When people are in Christ, they are totally new! With this newness comes a new ability to see others through the eyes of Jesus. However, that sounds too much like a trite slogan, so let’s look at what that means.

First (vs. 14), it means that we do what we do because Christ’s love controls us. We do what we do because we love the people Jesus loves. We love those people because he loves them. We are blessed by Jesus’ love, so we in turn, want others to share that blessing. We’re not out to get something from them, but to share the grace and love of Jesus with them.

Second (vs. 15), we know what the purpose of each person’s life truly is: to live for Christ. In John 9, Jesus talked about it being the work of God, to believe in the One (Jesus) whom God sent. People will not find rest, peace, hope, and genuine joy until they find. So out of love, we want folks to find Jesus!

Third (vs. 16), we no longer look at folks the way the world does. They’re not there for us to use, manipulate, or to gain a profit. They are here to be brought into the family of God and the grace of Jesus. They are precious because Jesus died for them. They are eternal and will either spend eternity with God or separated from him and all that is good.

...the whole world opened up to me.
    Because of this new eyesight, Paul goes on to say that we become God’s ambassadors — we are God’s representatives to the world. (vs. 20) God wants us to let them know that they can become his friend and a part of his family, because he has already sacrificed his Son to be their friend and their Father.

    So, when we go to work, to our schools, to our neighborhoods, to our kid’s games and recitals, and to all the many places that God leads us, let’s realize that we are put there on purpose. We have folks we can touch and bless as God’s ambassadors. God has given us new eyes to help us see people through the eyes of Jesus. Let’s use that sight to be a blessing!

 
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      Title: "Seeing Through the Eyes of Jesus"
      Author: Phil Ware
      Publication Date: August 26, 2002


 
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Phil Ware is minister of the Word at Southern Hills Church of Christ in Abilene, Texas. For the past 10+ years, he has also been co-editor of HEARTLIGHT Magazine. For more details, click here.

 

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