It’s another beautiful day in north Georgia. The sun is shining, the ground is slightly frosty, the 6:30 school bus was just by a few minutes ago, and I’m up early again. I’m headed out early this morning on a fact-finding mission, but I wanted to take a minute and share with you one of my online devotionals that I read each morning.
Seeing Through His Eyes
(taken from the online devotional, Living Free Every Day, November 3, 2008)
“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.” 1 Chronicles 28:9
Our natural tendency as human beings is to be attracted to sameness and resit all that is different. We congregate with people who are like us – same color, culture, social level, and income bracket. We tend to mistrust and even resist anyone who is different. People often judge others by what they see on the outside. They lump people from a different race or cultural group into one basket. They shun one another and even engage wars against each other based solely on ones racial identity.
Aren’t you glad Jesus doesn’t love us that way? He loves us regardless of our race or culture or career or income. He searches every heart. He’s interested in what’s on the inside.
Lets ask Jesus to help us search other people’s hearts and see them through his eyes. As God’s creation; designed in his image. Jesus gave his life for all people, of all races, of all cultures, and in all income brackets. He sees everyone through the eyes of love and compassion. He looks beyond faults to needs. It’s time for us to let go of our prejudices and see others as Jesus does.
In Christian music a relatively new artist, Brandon Heath has released a song called, “Your Eyes”. The song talks about embracing a desire to see people through God’s eyes – right where they are, in the midst of their brokenness, anger, pain, problems – and loving them as Christ does. Take a minute to listen to it if you haven’t heard it yet. I think you’ll be blessed.