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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Seeing Through the Eyes of Jesus"

Date published: 02/10/2014
Matthew 9:36 “When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” (NIV)

Jesus saw life totally different from others. When He saw crowds, He did not feel pride – He saw their needs. When someone wanted something from Him, He was not bothered – He not only loved satisfying needs, but used their needs as a way to their heart. When someone appeared to be morally acceptable, He saw them for who they really were. Jesus lived a life on mission in which He saw others’ conditions, needs, and where they stood with God. Jesus was always available to bring others into the Kingdom. God calls you to live with the mission of seeing the lost with compassion and having the love to be used by Him to bring others into His kingdom.  Mark 16:15 says, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” Jesus wants to transform your heart to where you too see a beggar as needing a touch from God, those sitting by you at church and Bible study as fellow members of the body of Christ that have needs, and promotion and position in your life as access and opportunity to proclaim Christ to others. Matthew 9:37 says “Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.’” (NIV) It is not always easy to have eyes to see the harassed and helpless. It is also not easy to have a heart that sees others from the perspective of their eternal condition and not just who they are and what they want from you. Your actions will flow from you naturally as you become more one with Jesus. Begin your day in the presence and arms of Jesus by allowing His love and compassion to fill your life. Walk through the day continually praying for God to give you eyes to see and a heart that feels. Be a follower of Christ who lives not to please yourself, but an open and available vessel for God to use. Philippians 2:4 gives the secret of this, “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (NIV)

1 John 3:16-19 “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” (NIV) 


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