What Do You See?

I've pastored long enough to hear a few things that make me shudder.

Once, while on a church trip, an older follower of Jesus said, "You know, our church would be so much better if we didn't have so many broken people in it.  We need some healthy people."

I've had people call to "inform" me how someone, who attends church but isn't a follower of Jesus, is living.  I"ll ask, "You do know that they are someone who hasn't repented of their sins and isn't following Jesus?"  To which their answer is, "So?"

There have been those who have given me an ear full about someone who attends church and is a follower of Jesus.  They want me to, "do something" about it.  I'll ask, "Are you offended?" "Yes" is their usual response which at that time I'll inform them how Jesus taught us to go to those who offend us and work it out.  Rarely do they ever.

Mark 6:34 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things.

If you are going to take the business of Jesus seriously, then you have to learn how to do one thing without compromise.  You have to SEE people not just LOOK for them.  

Jesus saw people who were in spiritual poverty.   They lacked the necessary faith to address their needs.  They didn't understand their real relationship with their Heavenly Father. 

Jesus saw people who were in physical need.  Their lives were a mess, and they had no answers on how to address it. 

Jesus saw people who had potential in faith.  He could see what they could not.  He could see potential where people saw nothing but trouble. 

Jesus saw people whose hearts were hurting.  No one else was looking for their broken hearts.  When He saw them, they knew that He cared. 

What do you see? 

PRAY  Dear Jesus, let me see people the way you see them.  AMEN