Expressions of faith — 20/20 vision

Rev. Monterey D. Lee, Sr.

What do you think God sees when He looks at us? What do you suppose is going through His mind as He watches us? When He sees our selfishness, our apathy, our bickering, our prejudice, and our pettiness what must He be pondering? He created us, so He knows what goes on with us. But we aren’t sure what He sees. When we do a selfish act or pass along a pain, is He angry and condemning? If we rise above ourselves and do well by someone, is He applauding us in our little victory?

Each person has a different interpretation of what they think God sees. That is because everyone projects onto God his or her own feelings of what He is thinking. There is an assumption of how the Creator of the universe views us, our world, and what we do in it.

Many psychologists have suggested that a person will project the personality of their own father onto God. If their father was kind and gentle, then they will assume that God is kind and gentle. If a father is mean, distant and disapproving, these are perspectives that person gives to God.

Of course, we’ve all heard from some pulpits and TV evangelists who say that God is collecting all our mistakes and is ready to punish us with His wrath and judgment when the time is right—although we have Jesus, the New Covenant, and the Lamb of God, as our Redeemer. “For you have given him authority over everyone. He gives eternal life to each one you have given him. And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth,” John 17:2-3.

Jesus took the punishment for our sins onto Himself to reconcile us back to God. In the Gospels we see how the personality of Jesus came out during His ministry. His words and actions tell us exactly how He sees and how He thinks. How does Jesus see? Jesus sees us with the eyes of compassion, with eyes of forgiveness, and with eyes of love. Jesus did get angry, but He was only angry at the self-righteous who didn’t have compassion for ordinary men and women. He was angry with those religious leaders who didn’t care for humanity, caring only for their own good. Their inability to see with the true ‘eyes of God’ prevented them from seeing the Light of the World.

Seeing with the eyes of God is to see everyone as Christ sees us—with unconditional love. Matthew 5:16 says: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Generous unconditional love shines the Light of God within you to the world. This aids us in being able to see with the eyes of God—although it takes more than just the knowledge of Jesus’ life and teachings to see with the eyes of God. It requires the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit is the One that speaks of the truths of God and reveals all truths to those who live in the Spirit.

When we see with the eyes of God, we are seeing a reflection in the lives of everyone truly believing in exemplifying the love of Christ. Challenge your vision daily in every experience to see with the eyes of God and watch your life glow.

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