Monday, July 25, 2011

Seeing Through His Eyes

John 4:9-10

9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

Seeing Through His Eyes

The Woman at the Well is a familiar account among most believers. Jesus meets this woman and she tells the whole city to come see Him.

There were so many reasons this encounter was odd. No one gathered water at noon. It's the Middle's hot and lugging water is hard work even when its cool. Jews didn't talk to Samaritans. Men didn't talk to women who weren't related to them. Jewish men had no dealings with Samaritan women in public.

Yet, here they were.

It wasn't Jesus' teaching at the well that compelled her to evangelize the city, however. Jesus saw her in a way she'd never seen herself. He saw who she really was, not what she was. And He wanted to give her something precious...Himself.

This woman knew her situation. She wasn't a well respected woman. If she was, she would have gathered water in the cool of the day with the other women. She accomodated how others felt about here by staying out of their way. She didn't bother Jesus when he lounged at the well because He was Jewish and she wasn't. He wasn't a man of her klan so there was no need for interaction, from her perspective. She was prepared to be ignored. She expected it and was comfortable in it. She knew her facts.

He knew her truth.

Jesus isn't intimidated by our facts. He isn't concerned about our backgrounds, our family history, our situations. He knows things about us we haven't even thought about. And He sees us in that truth.

We all go through conditions, seasons, experiences that may temporarily alter who we think we are. Maybe a divorce brings a feeling of failure. Loss of a loved one ushers in dispair. Sickness walks hand in hand with depression. Perhaps lonliness drives us into an illicit relationship. These are real conditions. But they are not who we are.

Jesus sees us for WHO we are...not HOW we are.

Loved ones, receive the lesson still being taugh through this bold woman. Who we are isn't determined by how we are right now. Who we are is best seen through the eyes of our Lord. He sees past our condition. He sees past our dissapointments, our weaknesses, our troubles and wants us to see what He sees. He has enough grace to accomodate whatever we think we can't bring to Him. He's prepared to wash it away with His very blood.

Paul encouraged us in his letter to the Philipians, chapter 2, to 'let this mind be in you that is also in Christ Jesus'. We should strive to see others in the same love that Christ sees them. They way to do that is to start by seeing Him, and then seeing ourselves the way Christ sees us.

Seeing as He sees. Being one with Him. Loving as He loves. Being like Him...Christ like...Christian. This is our walk.

Won't you walk with us, at Fellowship?

John 17:20-26
20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

New eyesight, and peace.

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Fellowship Church
Where Passions Become Reality
Because you are a CHOSEN GENERATION!

455 Hwy 138 W, Ste C
Jonesboro, GA 30238
Alton Watkins, Pastor