“Ears to hear and eyes to see— both are gifts from the Lord.” Proverbs 20:12.
Our hearing and eyesight is a gift and shouldn’t be taken for granted. Not everyone enjoys the function of hearing or seeing, and it’s a privilege to have these senses operating.
Our eyes are powerful because they take pictures every day. Some pictures are repetitive, others are breathtaking, and others are moments that will last forever.
Our eyes are also the window into our souls. Meaning where our eyes go is where we will go. Jesus said it this way,
“Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your body is filled with light.”Matthew 6:22
Notice that our bodies follow the condition of our eyes. If they are healthy and clean, the rest of us will be too. If they’re not, the rest of us will be dirty.
This gives an insight into the massive impact our eyes have on us. But they also affect those around us.
So, do you see them?
When you look around, what do you see? The hurting, the broken, the lost, and the bound? Or do you see annoyances, those you disagree with and those you don’t like?
The current culture increasingly tells us to divide from those we disagree with and view them as a threat. This dynamic contaminates schools, sports, politics, families, friends, and churches.
While we know there’s right and wrong, truth and lies, heaven and hell. It’s what we do with these beliefs that make the difference.
Will we shine our light or hide our light? Will we isolate or insulate? Will it shut down our hearts or open up our hearts?
The answers to these questions directly impact our influence, focus, and fruit through Jesus. We’re called to win people to Christ.
We actively show others, Jesus, share Jesus, and lead them to Jesus.
We are to reflect God to those who don’t know him. How we live matters; what our eyes see determines our faith.
Do you see them?
Maybe you’re asking who?
I’m talking about your neighbors, co-workers, strangers on the street, the waitress, the person sitting in the row in front of you at church, your kids, your spouse, your family, your friends, and yes, your enemies.
Do you see them?
This is who God has called us to reach, and where our eyes go, the rest of us go.
So, if we’re filling our eyes with political rhetoric, church divisions, personal agendas, and who’s right and wrong, our lives will reflect this focus.
Most likely, our influence will shrink, we won’t lead someone to Jesus, we’ll only be around people we like, and we’ll live in an echo chamber. Making points by complaining about what’s happening but never doing something about it.
Here’s the truth, Jesus sees all of us. Everyone is someone to him, and he’s reaching for everyone to be saved.
There’s a heaven and a hell; without Jesus, our sins can’t be forgiven.
“16. This is how God loved the world: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”John 3:16-17
Notice that In these verses, Jesus came to save people and not to judge them. He didn’t waste his time looking down at people; instead, he saw them and reached them.
This is our calling too. We can waste our time or maximize our moments and choose to see others.
So, write down three people you know need Jesus and begin to pray over them daily.
Ask God to save them, open doors to serve them, and love and talk with them. Let Jesus lead you in being about his work and watch the fulfillment that comes from it.
We’re made to make a difference. We’ve been born again to make our lives count for something bigger than ourselves, and the time is now to see them.
See those who are depressed, addicted, who are bound, who are helpless, the poor, the rich, the Republican, the Democrat, see everyone and show them, Jesus!
Do you see them?
Please let God open your eyes and see others how he sees them. Reach for them and love them. This life is a vapor, but eternity is forever.
Let’s do God’s work and help others go to heaven with us. Please don’t take the bait of the current culture; rise above and choose to see them! Give them Jesus!
I believe in you, and God is going to use you!