As you might already know, I am slowly writing a book titled, The Devil Wears Church Clothes. It’s about how Christians treat, see, talk, and offer advice to other Christians, when they’re struggling to survive the shipwrecks of life. Over the last 25 years I have gained enough “evidence” personally, to fill 2 or 3 books. So, I want to share just one of the “Clothing Lines” the devil tries to wear through Christians. I call it the “I See You” clothing line.
When you SEE someone, whether in church or out of church, do you SEE them correctly? Maybe they look weird to you, or they’re in a wheelchair, maybe you even know them….and you know how they “used to be.” Do you see them with your natural eyes, and the thoughts, comments, and judgements that usually follow? Or, do you see them through the eyes of Jesus, which originates in love, abounds in mercy, and comes loaded with promises?
God gave Samuel the job of selecting a king among the sons of Jesse. And He told Samuel, “Don’t look at his appearance or how tall he is…… God does not see as humans see. Humans look at outward appearances, but the LORD looks into the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7) THAT is good advice for all of us! For me, who is “temporarily” seeing life from a wheelchair, I don’t want people to see the problem I’m facing, I want them to see the PROMISE I’m STANDING on. The wheelchair can’t confine me because God’s PROMISE already defined me!
We need to be more like God, who looks into the heart, instead of looking at people’s outward appearance. It’s not about what someone may have or what they have done, it’s about WHO they are, and WHO they can become. Never forget, “The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You’ve got to love both.” (1 John 4:21)
Pastor Kevin Kinchen