I have a challenging word for you today.
This isn’t a word for the faint or half-hearted christian, who is only interested escaping future destruction with as minimal effort as possible. This is a word for the HERE and NOW, for those who long to follow God with all their heart, and desire to see His kingdom expanded on the earth. Intrigued? Good – be prepared to be convicted and grow with me today.
Today as you go about your life – working at your job – shopping for groceries – teaching your kids – look at the people around you. REALLY look.
What do you see?
Perhaps you saw a single mom, struggling to make ends meet, or a tired dad trying to juggle 2 jobs to provide for his family. Or even a confused teen trying to make sense of their place in the world. Everywhere you go, you can see people living and dying with the weight of the world on their shoulders. It’s easy to numb ourselves to the pain and hurt that is experienced by so many everyday. Faces blur into a crowd as we rush to finish our errands. Perhaps you did stop and noticed the cashier when you were checking out. They remarked how tired they were and you silently hoped they would have a better day.
Not bad. But the Bible says that
“If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.” -Romans 8:11
So here’s my point. We get so caught up in our own lives that we end up reacting to situations and viewing people from our own perspective instead of God’s. If we DO have the same spirit, the Spirit of God, living in us we need to start seeing people the way HE sees them. When God looks at that cashier, He sees the potential they could have as a spirit filled being and acts accordingly, pouring out His grace and mercy towards them.
After all, isn’t that really what grace is? Not a blanket to cover, but an empowerment despite who we are. We’ve all been in that desperate place, and God poured out his grace and mercy on us. So instead of hoping silently for some relief for the cashier, we can act in the Spirit of God and boldly proclaim ‘You don’t have to be subject to that bondage of endless fatigue, God is pouring out his grace now and you can walk in freedom!’
If we began treating others not as they are, but as God sees them, the very earth would begin to shift as the sons of God rise up and expand His Kingdom. This week, make it a point to see others through the eyes of Christ, and pour out His grace and mercy towards others. Let it begin with us!