Expressions of faith — ‘Vision 2020’

Dr. Monterey D. Lee, Sr.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish,” Proverbs 29:18.

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 the Lord be thinking? He made us, created us, and knows what’s taking place within us, but we do not know what He is seeing. When we do a selfish act or pass along a pain, is He angry and condemning? If we rise above ourselves, aiding and assisting someone, is He applauding us in our victories?

Each person has a different understanding 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 accomplish in it.

Many psychologists have suggested that a person will project the personality of their own father onto God. If their parents were kind and gentle, then they will assume that God is kind and gentle. If their parents were mean, that person conceives God to be distant and disapproving.

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 times is right—although we have Jesus who is the ‘second Adam,’ the New Covenant, the Lamb of God, and our Redeemer. “For God has 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 on the cross unto Himself to reconcile us back to the Father. “Without the shedding of blood, there are no remissions of sin,” Hebrews 9:22. In the Synoptic Gospels, we see how the nature of Jesus was revealed 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 the ordinary man and woman. He was angry with those religious leaders who didn’t care for humanity but cared only for their own good—their inability to see with the true “eyes of God,” which prevented them from seeing the Light of the World.

Seeing with the eyes of God is to see everyone as Christ sees us, with ‘agape’ (unconditional) love. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life,” John 3:16. Generous, unconditional love shines the Light of God within you to the world. This enables us to have 2020 vision and life beyond limits. But it takes more than just the knowledge of Jesus’ life and teachings to see through the eyes of God. It requires the Holy Spirit, our helper, because the Holy Spirit is the One that speaks of the truths of God and reveals all wisdom, knowledge and understanding to those who walk in the Spirit.

When we use 2020 vision, we are seeing a reflection in the lives of everyone that truly believes 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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