The Light of Christ Journey

Encouraging people on their journey with Christ

Seeing others through Jesus’ eyes is a gift from God. Have you ever felt alone in a crowd? Did you feel invisible while others carried on a conversation without you?

I remember moving to a new community after college and attending a new church. There were many people there but no one introduced themselves, said hi, or made any comment to me. It was like I was never there. Unfortunately, I have probably done the same thing to others and not realized it.

We need to see others through the eyes of Jesus. Even though I strive to do so, many times I have missed ministry opportunities that were right in front of me.

Asking the Lord to Help Me See People Through His Eyes

The good news about being a believer in Jesus that we can ask the Lord to help us see people through His eyes. We can ask the Holy Spirit to open our eyes to opportunities He would like us to engage in.

The Lord loves to prompt us to minister to others so He can work through us. Not that the Lord needs any of our help, but He wants to engage us in His work. We learn His work best as we do it.

Many People only saw Zacchaeus Through a Worldly Lens

People disliked Zacchaeus because he was a tax collector and didn’t expect Jesus to speak to him. Luke 19:When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.” Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy. But the people were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled.[1]

The people didn’t understand what Jesus saw in Zacchaeus. They couldn’t see that he was drawn to Jesus. These people did not understand that Zacchaeus was becoming a believer right before their eyes. He was the caterpillar who was turning into a butterfly, but all people could see was what he used to be.

Jesus Sees Us for Who we are to Become

As we become believers in Jesus, we can leave the old self behind. 2 Cor. 5:17This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! [2] Think of what you used to be like before Jesus came into your life. What is your life like now?

Praise the Lord that in His divine mercy He has called sinners like us to faith so we could be forgiven and begin to live a new life. To hear more about seeing others through Jesus’ eyes, listen here:

[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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