We don’t only use spiritual vision to look at Him, we use a supernatural viewpoint when we are looking at one another.
“From now on we recognize no man according to the flesh” (2 Corinthians 5:16).
Yeah, we are now to see others with spiritual “x-ray” vision.
Picture for a moment that person that gives you great difficulty.
Got them in view?
Now think of their entire life, from birth to death, expressed on film.
Imagine their past, present and future all encapsulated onto digital media that could be viewed in your own living room.
As long as we continue to see this life with our physical eyes, our perception remains the same – they annoy, anger or frighten us.
Yet, there is one detail about this video that I forgot to mention.
God is the Producer and Director of this film, ordering events according to His purpose (Isaiah 46:10; Proverbs 16;4).
Embedded into this life story are innuendoes and realities that aren’t caught by the natural eye.
In order to see all involved, God offers His own spiritual 3-D glasses.
This lens allow you to see directly into a person’s spirit and see the depths of his very soul.
Now, you are able see the wounds, the pain, and the heartache that has brought them to where they are today.
If this person has the Living Word within their spirit, our glasses glimpse into their spiritual hothouse where the fruit of the Spirit is growing (Galatians 5:22-23).
If they are not yet believers, we will see a darkened spirit, bound only to the fleshly and unable to make decisions of Light.
Okay, so fast forward to the last few minutes of the film. In these moments, each and every life meets the same ending (Hebrews 9:27).
Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Christ is, was and will be the final reality (Philippians 2:10-11).
Kinda puts perspective on it, huh?
You have given me amazing spiritual lenses, not only to see You, but also to see others through Your perspective. I confess that I spend most of my time looking at the outward appearance, even though I know that Your method is to look straight at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7).
Give me a fresh look at those around me. When I look only at their outward appearance, I just tend to judge – and that often on personal preference (John 7:24). “To show partiality in judgment is not good” (Proverbs 24:23). This type of judgment is of the flesh – something that is never from you (John 8:15).
Grant me the insight to sense the deeper pains and motives of those around me. Help me to see just how each fits into the body that You are holding together (Ephesians 4:16; Colossians 1:17). After all, the authority You gave me is for building up, not for ripping apart (2 Corinthians 13:10). May it be, O Father, may it be.”