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Through God's Eyes!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

Hebrews 4:12-13

"For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account."

I heard a song on Christian radio early this morning. I have heard it before but have not been able to get all of the words correctly. Even though I do not have all of the lyrics, the message is quite clear. It goes something like this: "If I could see the world like God sees, I would live more like Him."

In a way we can see the world as God sees. We see the world as God sees the world by spending time in God's Word. The Bible is not simply the words and logic of human creation---It is the voice of God---the breath of God which breathed through the writers and reveals to us His view of the world.

Psalm 139:1-4 reveals the depth of God's plan purpose and provision for us: "O LORD, You have searched me and You know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue You know it completely, O LORD."

Since God knows us more intimately than anyone else we can be sure that He wants us to view the world and all of the inhabitants in the world through His eyes. As a child I can remember us singing a song that has tremendous impact: "Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world."

Does God love the little children of the world? Does He love the "big" children (adults) of the world? The answer is a resounding---YES! When a member of the Jewish ruling council came to Jesus one night, he wanted to know more about the Lord.

What Jesus revealed to Nicodemus, was a view of how Jesus sees the world. In John 3:16-17, we observe how Jesus sees the world: "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him."

Look around you. Who do you see? It may be the most educated and sophisticated person you have ever seen. On the other hand you may be viewing the most repulsive and offensive person. Do you see the similarity between the two? God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to offer them His love through His death on the cross.

If Jesus came into this world with the express purpose of shedding His blood for the remission of sins for all who will come to Him, how should you and I view each and every person?

In the city of Portland, Oregon, a little girl came from a poor home. Someone invited her to come to a small church in her neighborhood. On the first Sunday she came, she wore dirty clothes and was not too clean herself. Praise God there were a group of people who saw her as Jesus saw her. She was welcomed and made to feel a part.

One day she prayed and invited Jesus to come into her heart. Over the years she grew in the Lord and also grew in wisdom and knowledge. She attended college and graduate school and eventually she became a faculty member of a Christian College.

I was serving on the staff of a church with the man who had been her pastor those many years ago when she first came to his church. He shared with me that every time he saw this lovely and educated woman, he thought back to the first day she had come to his church. Vernon saw her as God saw her! May we all see as God sees!

Blessings dear hearts. Walk with God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing.

--- Pastor Cecil


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