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Topic: Vision (08/03/06)
TITLE: Seeing the world through His Eyes
By Donna Powers
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more carefully attune our spiritual sense of sight.
I believe that in order to take our part in the Body of Christ, we
should to perform with our own bodies the tasks that further the cause of Christ, on the earth. In other words: we are to become more like
Christ; so that we better show Him to the world.
One of the functions of the body is sight, or vision. In order to
figure out what we are meant to see; from a spiritual point of view, what better way could we find than to consider how Jesus used His own sense of sight, while He was on earth.
For one thing, Jesus ignored outward appearances. If He hadn't, he
wouldn't have chosen His disciples from such unlikely candidates:
rough-hewn fisherman; contentious brothers; a despised tax collector; a quiet, introspective doctor; and a ragtag group of others - including his future betrayer. He saw them not for what they were, but what they could be - when infused with the Power of God. If we could learn to see the people around us, with such insight, we might be able to help them realize their Godly potential.
He took His insights further than His inner circle. He saw many who needed bodily healing; and offered them balm for their bodies and souls. He saw the true need of the woman with the issue of blood, and touched her in a way that would answer her deepest need. He saw the sordid details of the Samaritan woman's life, but instead of condemning her, He offered her redemption. He saw the true meaning of the offering of the woman who broke open her alabaster box, and anointed Him - readying Him for His ultimate Purpose; in a way that no one else had yet been able to discern.
He saw the need for Zaccheus to restore more than what he had stolen - and allowed him to make both spiritual and financial restitution. He saw the woman taken in adultery, and weighed her guilt against that of her accusers' - and found the accusers’ wanting. He saw a hungry crowd around Him, and fed them with a small boy’s lunch: but taught them about the Bread of Life. He saw beyond the surface, and into the heart of each person who came to Him.
And I believe that we can do the same. Each of us is a sinner for whom Jesus died. That makes all of us equal in His eyes. By “fixing our eyes on Him”, Hebrews 12:2) we can strive to be in constant fellowship with Jesus. This will help us to experience His power and grace in our own lives, and to listen more carefully to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. God truly sees the inner person in each of us (Hebrews 4:13), and if we want to realize the vision that each of us was meant to see, we should make our vision the same as His vision: to see each person as God sees them.
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