What Jesus Sees
Jesus looked at people who were lost and saw something that they couldn’t see. He looked at the woman at the well and saw a woman whose life and mistake and sin could be redeemed. He saw beyond her past. He saw a future that was totally different from what she had known.
He looked at a religious expert, Nicodemus. He wasn’t impressed by religiosity, still isn’t. He saw a man who was depending on his religion to get him to heaven and cared enough about him to tell him he would never get there on the path he was on. Nicodemus was a teacher of the Jews but Jesus saw only that he was a lost man who needed a new birth.
Jesus looked at the rich young ruler and saw a man who was rich. He had everything. On top of that he was religious. He had tried to convince himself that keeping all those rules was enough. But it didn’t work. He found himself staring straight into Jesus’ eyes as he asked him what he had to do to get eternal life. Jesus looked at this young man and loved him. He loved him enough to tell him the truth – he had allowed his money to become his idol. He worshiped it. He lived for it. He walked away from Jesus because he couldn’t see giving it away in order to follow Jesus. Jesus was sad as he watched the young man turn and walk away.
Jesus looked at Peter and saw beyond the impetuous, quick to speak-slow to listen fisherman and saw a leader of men. He saw in Peter what could be when Peter turned his all over to Jesus.
No one wants to think that their life is without meaning and without hope and without a future. Everyone wants their life to count. No one wants to live and die in obscurity, unloved and unremembered.
But the real question is, what does Jesus see when He looks at your life?
Does He see your sin? Your mistakes? Your failures? Sure He does.
But He also sees what could be in your life. He looks at your past and knows that there is nothing there that cannot be forgiven and overcome. That’s why He went to the cross.
So what are you waiting for? “Get up. Take up your bed and go home.”
“Take heart. Get up. He is calling you.”
“Young man, I say to you, arise.”
Jesus sees what you could be. What are you waiting for? Open your heart. Surrender your life. Give it to Him. He will take it and do far more with it than you ever could. And that is the secret to success and a life well lived. It’s not in what you have. It’s not in how many toys you have. It’s in knowing Jesus Christ.
Praying for you,
Bro. Tim Hobbs
P.S. You may be down and out or you may be up and out. But if you’re still “out” you need to turn to Jesus. He loves you. He invites you to experience life the way it was intended to be lived.
“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28, HCSB)