When you see me, do you see what God sees? Or what the world tells you to see?
Do you see me as a face in the crowd or as one of God’s children?
Can you see me trying to turn away from temptation and sin when I feel like I’m being pulled in every direction?
Do you see my struggle to live for the glory of God, when society keeps telling me to live for the glory of myself?
I feel as though often we don’t see each other as children of God; sometimes because we’re so caught up in our own lives that we forget to look up, other times because the media has warped the way we see each other. When you ask a friend if they’re okay, are you listening when they reply that they’re ‘fine’? It’s an easy reply, but a reply that is not always truthful.
I often feel as though I’m getting wrapped up in my own little world, and missing important moments in the lives of those around me. In the smartphone era, it is more important than ever that I make a conscious effort to be present in every precious moment that God gives me.
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32)
God calls us to love each other, and that means we have to truly look and listen. We need to strip off the layers of sin and see each other as God sees us. Only then can we truly start to see, hear, and help others.
“…For the Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
As the pace of the world increases and we expect to have everything right now at our fingertips, we need to make sure we keep the Lord at the front of our hearts and minds as we live our lives.
The world is calling out for compassion; people aren’t feeling loved and just want someone to notice them and hold out their hand for assistance. It isn’t a hard thing to show someone a simple kindness, but if our eyes are always looking down at our screens, it’s likely we won’t truly see them.
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1)
Maybe you feel like no one actually sees you, that you have to hide your true self because ‘no one would understand’. I promise you that God’s love is forever and absolute, and he sees the real you, no matter how hard you try to conceal it. He offers eternal forgiveness for your sins and forgives all of your transgressions. Sometimes you might just have to nudge your brothers and sisters in Christ to look up when they get lost and ask them to see you as God’s child.
“Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.” (Psalm 136:26)
Can you see the pain she’s trying to hide? Can you see him wrestling with his sins?
God calls us to look up and truly see each other; so next time you see another brother or sister in Christ, try to look at their heart, not their outward appearance.