Friday, July 25, 2014

Seeing Others the Way Jesus Does

In review of Mark 6:34 it says, “When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.”

Bottom Line:
No matter what Jesus did, he saw people differently. He had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.

What this means to me:
The best way to know that I’m looking at life from God’s viewpoint is to look at the way I see other people. It’s the number one test of my spiritual maturity. Life is not about how much Bible verses I know, or how often I attend to church services, or whether I serve, tithe or pray. Rather it is about my relationships and how I see other people. Because life is all about love! As a first example, I should consider, how God sees my wife. He sees her as valuable. acceptable. lovable. and forgivable. Is this the way I see her? Do I see my wife the way God does? Next, how about the strangers at the grocery store? The person who cuts me off in traffic? The beggar on the street? What do I see when I look at other people? Do I see them as irritations? Do I see them as burdens? Do I see the people I work with as enemies? Do I see them as competition? Or do I see them the way God sees them? Every person matters to God. It doesn’t matter who they are or what they’ve done or even what they believe. Christ died for them, Jesus loves them, God has a plan for their lives, and he wants them to have a relationship with him. The Bible says in Mark 6:34, “When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd” (NIV). That’s the way Jesus sees people. I need to grow and learn to see people and have compassion not only for my own family but also for my neighbors, community, country and the whole world. I need to let my spiritual vision get larger and clearer and stronger as I learn to see people the way Jesus does. Like Jesus, I need to view people differently and have compassion on them. If they are like sheep without a shepherd, I need to spend time getting together with them to let them know what I have learned. Today, I will attempt to show compassion to other people today by trying to see them from Jesus’ view point.