As we walk away from Jerusalem with the Disciples back to Galilee (where it all began and must begin again) I'm posting my Lenten devotionals in reverse. Most of them.
Looking at Others as God Does
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
In the Spring the burst of life reminds me that our God can pull some awesome tricks.
Gray trees soften in green hues. Yellow grass lives again. The animals start moving again after a long sleep. UPS workers start wearing those amazing brown shorts. We see things differently and as a result there is a special spring in the step of... well... Spring.
Our passage today talks about how Christ brings new life our of old. What was known before is gone! That also includes how we look at others and not just ourselves.
The passage starts, "So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view."
Some will tell you being a new creation is about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Some will say being a new creation is an individual decision that changes the inside of a person. Indirectly, the point is the outside of a person isn't changing at all.
This would be a great disservice to how God expects this "new creation" thing to go. If we regard no one from a worldly point of view then we are trying to see them as God does.
If we could see the world like God, it will be Spring all the time. Well, minus the UPS shorts.
Dear God, I hope in you for new life.
May I see the way you do.
Where others find the old, the helpless, the broken
help me see the new, the hope, the mended.