What do you see?
When we look around our city, what do we see? When you look around your neighborhood, when you go to the store, when you go to work, what do you see? Do we see and point out all the things that are wrong in our city? Are we quick to condemn and be critical of all that is going on around us? In the Bible in Luke Ch. 7, there is an interesting event that takes place. Jesus is with a Pharisee, and a woman comes in and begins to wash the feet of Jesus with her tears and dry his feet with her hair. This Pharisee thinks to himself, “surely if this man were a prophet, he would know who and what this woman is.” Now Jesus knew what was in the heart of this man as he answers him with a parable about two men being forgiven of a small and a great debt. Then he asks a question, “Seest thou this woman?”
He is asking, “What do you see?” Do you really see this woman or do you only see what is wrong with her and see all of the mistakes she has made in her life? Do you really see her? Do you see her as I see her? Can you see the potential in her and what could happen if she has someone who could talk with her, someone that can relate with her, someone that knows the feelings of guilt, the pain of fear and doubt, someone that can connect with her and share the truths of grace with her? Can you not see that you and she are very much alike when you actually stop and think about it?
If our responsibility as Christians is to fulfill the Great Commandments of loving God and loving our neighbor as ourselves, and the Great Commission, of going into all the world, we may need to change the way we see the things, people, and places around us.
Everyone has the right to speak, but you have to earn the right to be heard. One of the best ways to earn that right is through our service to them. Through relationships built on service to others we gain the opportunity and the credibility to share the Gospel and the good news of grace.
Can you imagine what would happen if we begin to really see others as Christ sees them?