Have you ever changed your mind on something because your perspective changed? You were looking at a certain situation or circumstance from your position in life, but then someone helped you see the situation through someone else’s eyes – and it changed your mind. Maybe you struggled to love someone, but then someone shared something about that person’s life that changed your perspective of them. Perhaps it was a political view or even a biblical doctrine. You know, perspective in those circumstances can be powerful.
Do you think it is possible to see things through the eyes of Jesus? Probably only in part. Seeking to see things from the perspective of God is probably beyond our capabilities, but looking at the life of Jesus helps. In Jesus we see the touchable, approachable God where compassion was evident in almost everything that He did. A God taking remarkable steps to redeem humanity.
One scene recorded in the Gospels really leaps out to me. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” Matthew 9:36-38 NLT
Perspective. Apparently, what Jesus saw when He looked at the crowds of people around Him, were folks ready for spiritual harvest. People simply needing someone to see them through the eyes of Jesus and communicate the power of the Gospel…. but more workers were needed.
What would it take for you to adjust your perspective? What would it take to seek to see the folks around you like Jesus sees them? The harvest is there, waiting… but more workers are needed.
As we focus on missions this week at Christian Alliance Church, what part could you play in the harvest? “Lord Jesus, open our eyes, that we might see what You see!”