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Seeing With Eyes of Faith

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“From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:16-17)

When we become Christians we adopt a different way of looking at others and the world. We see possibility where the world sees none. This is rooted in our faith in God who is able to make all things new. We have experienced this in our own lives and we believe it can happen in the lives of others as well. We do not see people for what they are. We see them for what they can become.

Seeing the World Through Eyes of Faith

We should keep this in mind when we are interacting with people in the world. Too often people in this world are written off by others. As Christians we should not write people off. We should exude hope in others, not because we are over confident in their own ability, but because we believe in an almighty God who can do amazing things in people’s lives. We see people not for who they are, but for who they can become in Christ Jesus. We believe in people because we trust in God’s ability to redeem and make something new.

Jesus had this hope in others. He ministered to people on the margins of society, people that others ignored. Jesus saw something in these people that others did not. He believed in them when no one would give them a second look. Jesus ate with people that normally did not get noticed. He paid attention to people whom society viewed as having little or no worth. He took the time to stop and talk to a woman who had not stopped bleeding for twelve years. He noticed a tax collector who had climbed up a tree just to get a glimpse of this teacher everyone was talking about. He traveled across a lake to speak with a man possessed by demons. Jesus noticed people that often get overlooked. He did not just pay attention to people who are like him. He went out of his way to talk to people who were different, people who some might think were unimportant. He did not just notice these people, he ate with them, he healed them, and he helped them.

This is the life we are called to imitate. We are called to notice people we tend to overlook. We are called to form relationships with people who are in need and don’t have anywhere else to turn. The gospel takes work. The gospel is not a sales pitch. Jesus never once in the Bible makes a sales pitch. When we try to sale the gospel to people we cheapen the very thing Jesus died for. The gospel is not about persuasive speech or superior salesmanship. It is about giving our lives to others. It is about investing ourselves in someone else. It is about seeing what others cannot see in someone else.

Seeing Christians Through Eyes of Faith

We should also keep this new way of looking at people in mind when it comes to the church. God has acted in our life, but he is not done yet. In 2 Corinthians 3:18 Paul says we are being transformed into the image of Christ. This is a process that does not happen overnight and we must keep this in mind. None of us are perfect. We still make mistakes. We still falter from time to time, but it should be clear that we are moving in a forward direction. We should not focus on the faults and shortcomings of other Christians, but we should see them as a person who is being shaped into the image of Jesus. God is working in their lives, just as he is working in our lives. We are all on a journey to become something more than we are right now.

Christians are called to come together and form a community. This is what church is. It is a community of believers who put their trust in Jesus and who are working towards God’s will being done on earth as it is in heaven. Community life is hard. It is easier to tear down than it is to build up. It is easy to see the shortcomings of others and focus on that. The Christian community was not established to make us feel bad about ourselves. It was established to do good, and to help each other on this journey to be shaped into the image of Jesus. In the Christian community we know the potential within everyone who belongs to the community. Each of us has the ability, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to be just like Jesus. This is what humanity is supposed to look like, and we should see this potential in our fellow Christians as we continue to be molded and shaped ourselves. The eyes of faith allow us to see what others cannot see yet.

May we see people not with worldly eyes, but with eyes of faith. May we never forget that we serve a God who is able to do incredible things in our life and the life of others. We rely not on our own ability or the ability of others, but we rely on God who can make all things new.

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