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.”
Matthew 9:36-37 NLT
Perspective. Writers create it by communicating word pictures. Artist capture it in visual imagery. Storytellers create a community of intrigue, involvement and inspiration. Each of these influencers move us from seeing with our own eyes to seeing with new eyes. They change our perspective.
God has a different way of seeing things. He looks at more than just our appearance. He looks at our attitude. He looks deep within our heart to see our compassion and our commitment. God told Samuel as he looked for a new king in Israel, “For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” (1 Sam 16:7 ESV) When we see what He sees, we impact and influence our perspective.
Eyes Of Compassion. Jesus eyes were empathetic. Matthew writes, “Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and He had compassion on them and healed their sick.” (Matt 14:14 NLT). When He saw their condition, He was moved with compassion. Jesus gives us an example to embrace. Luke records the longing look of a faithful father watching for a surrendered son. He writes, “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.” (Luke 15:20 NLT). What we see and how we respond is an indicator of our heart. John reminds us, “If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?” (1 John 3:17 NLT). When Jesus saw the need, He solved the problem.
Eyes Of Commitment. God’s compassion compliments His commitment. The psalmist reminds us, “O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.” (Ps 139:1-3 ESV). He sees us . . . He sees all of us. God no longer sees us in our sin . . . He sees us through our Savior and His Son. T. D. Jakes wrote the following words, “Beautiful! That’s how Mercy saw me. Though I was broken and so lost, Mercy looked past all my faults. The justice of God saw what I had done. But, Mercy saw me through the Son. Not what I was but what I could be. That’s how Mercy saw me.” What compassion! What commitment! He looked beyond our fault and saw our need.
Our God is “El Roi” . . . the God Who sees (Gen 16:13). He sees us in our lowest valleys and on our highest mountain tops. He looks at us with eyes of compassion and commitment. We are His own.
Mike Otto wrote the following lyrics:
“Let me see this world, dear Lord,
As though I were looking through Your eyes.
A world of men who don’t want You Lord,
But a world for which You died.”
“Let me kneel with You in the garden,
Blur my eyes with tears of agony;
For if once I could see this world the way You see,
I just know I’d serve You more faithfully.”
See today as God sees it. See it with your heart and with hope. His perspective is our priority . . . it’s our defining moment.