If we can look at ourselves and others through the eyes of Christ, our jaws would drop. The bible can help open our eyes to the viewpoint of God. He calls David who was an adulterous murderer “A man after His own heart.” He calls Abraham “Strong in faith” even though his faith failed him long enough to birth Ishmael out of impatience. He calls Noah “the most righteous in His generation” even though He got blackout drunk and stripped. Gideon, the guy who told the Angel of God to “send someone else” was called a mighty warrior. When Judas was busy betraying Jesus with a kiss, Jesus called him “Friend”.
“And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. You did not greet Me with a kiss, but she has not stopped kissing My feet since I arrived.” (Luke 7:44,45) Looking at the sinful woman all Jesus chose to see was her love and devotion to Him. Looking at Simon the Pharisee, all Jesus could see was a lack of love for God. Jesus tells him, “He who has been forgiven little, loveth little.”
Our eyes of flesh can often see only the sin in the sinner. Sometimes like Gideon we can see only our weaknesses and limitations. Sometimes we lose our focus on loving God and shift it toward what God can do for us or worse, what we have been doing for God. But God calls us to see differently.
“Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your vision is clear, your whole body also is full of light. But when it is poor, your body is full of darkness. Be careful, then, that the light within you is not darkness.” (Luke 11:34-35) The whole point of the lamp is to dispel darkness. When His eyes of fire (Revelation 19:12) saw the sinful woman, the light in Him dispelled her darkness.
What is the light our eyes carry as we live in this fallen world? Do our eyes help bring a change in the lives of the broken and needy? Does our lamp guide people closer to God pulling them away from the darkness of addictions, despair, and fear? God calls us the “light of the world”. Do we live up to the name He calls us? Do you want the ability to love more, accept more and give more? Do you want to be able to see yourself like Christ sees you? Do you want the light that is in Christ to burn in you?
The bible holds a promise for you. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”