How is your relationship with God? Are you looking at life from His viewpoint?
How can we know the answer to this question? Where can we even begin to search for the answer? I think a good start is here:
Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. Mark 6:34
Jesus had compassion for the entire crowd. Some were doubters, others His enemies, and believers. In addition, they were believers with flaws. I am sure some were arrogant, strong minded, deceitful, and quick to anger. Yet, Jesus had compassion for them all.
What can we conclude? Love and compassion matter with our relationship with other people. Every person matters to God. It doesn’t matter who they are or what they’ve done. Christ died for them, Jesus loves them, God has a plan for their lives, and He wants them to have a relationship with Him.
So let me ask you some pointed questions. How does God see the immediate people in your life? Valuable. Acceptable. Lovable. Forgivable. Is that the way you see them? Do you see them the way God does?
How about the stranger at the grocery store? The person who cut you off in traffic? The beggar on the street? The irritable guest across the counter from you? What do you see when you look at other people? Do you see them as irritations? Do you see them as burdens?
Do you see the people you work with as enemies? Do you see them as competition?
Do you see them the way God sees them? Do you look upon the crowd before you with compassion?
I think that’s the way we need want to grow and learn to see people — to not only have compassion for our own family but also for our neighbors, communities, country, church, and world.
It’s one of the hardest tests of our spiritual maturity — not how much Bible we know, or how often we go to church, or the volumes of words we use in prayer but our relationships and how you see other people.
Do something great for God. He does something great for us each day. Today, the sun shines down upon us.