We’ve talked about seeing the image of God in ourselves and each other and we’ve talked about how we see the world around us. Do you ever think about how God sees us?
When our faith ancestors told the story of creation, we are told that God looked at all that God had made and said it was very good!1
Multiple times the writers of the good news story of Jesus tell us that when Jesus saw the people waiting for him that he was heart broken and had compassion for them because they were hurting, confused, and lost.2
In John’s telling of the good news story Jesus says, “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn its people. He sent him to save them!”3
When God looks at us God sees good. God sees beloved children. When we choose to walk any other path than following Jesus, God sees children who have wandered and need help to find their way again. When we are hurting God sees our need for comfort and healing.
Jesus came to show us that we are in relationship with God not just when we feel like we are good enough or do the right things or when it’s convenient for us or we enter the proper building or room but at all times. Jesus came to teach us that when this unconditional, eternal, and everlasting relationship with our Creator is the foundation of our worldview that we are freed from the stress and anxiety of having to figure life out on our own. We are freed from having to earn our way to being loved or accepted. We are freed from having to prove ourselves worthy or perfect. We are free to be who we are created to be, to live from the image of God within us.
We don’t have to work to win God’s love. God loves us. God sees us and loves us.
As we answer Jesus’ invitation to follow him, we learn to see the world as God sees it. We see the good, we see others with compassion and are moved to help God heal the hurt, bring loving order into the confusion, and point the way toward God for those who are lost.
We all have the eyes to see and the ears to hear the good news of God’s love. And with these eyes we can see ourselves and each other as God’s beloved children and with these ears hear God say, “I love you.”
How does knowing God sees you with eyes of love and compassion help you see others differently?