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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

What Do You See?

I was challenged recently to "see" people in need.  It prompted me to ponder and to ask myself some questions...

1.  What do I (we) see?
2.  What did the church in Acts see?
3.  What should I learn, change, do?

1.  What do I (we) see?
I (we) see what we expect to see.  I've done the visual image games where you see something that looks familiar and imbedded in the image is something completely out of context.  I see the familiar, not looking for the exception and as a consequence miss it completely.

I (we) see what demands our attention.  Flashing lights, loud noises, something flying at me tend to get my attention and consequently compel me to "see" what it is all about. 

In order for me to "see" something I have to be looking for it.  I have be sentised to its existence.  Or it has to come and "get me".

2.  What did the church in Acts see?
a. Jesus.
First off and probably most importantly, they saw Jesus.  In Acts 1, they saw him resurrected and watched him ascend to Heaven.  In Acts 3:9 and 4:20, they saw miracles performed in Jesus' name.  In Acts 7 they saw people, actions, signs, miracles all through the eyes of Jesus.  They not only saw Jesus, they saw what Jesus would have seen.  They had so tuned their thoughts and vision to align with Jesus that He was the filter through which they saw life.

b.  Spiritual Plane.
They could see things occurring in the spiritual realm (ref. Acts 2:3).  In fact, in Acts 2:17, it says that the young men would see visions.  Another good example of this is in Acts 8:33.  There were physical things going on that were visible, but they could also see what was taking place spiritually in people's lives, in their communities.  Stephen could see the glory of God and Jesus seated at his right hand in the final moments of his life here on Earth.

c.  Relationships.
They were tuned into relationships.  The relationships between people (Acts 3:4, 7:24, 7:34).  The relationship of how things worked (Acts 4:21).  They looked at life as a network of relationships and interrelationship.

3.  What should I learn/change/do?
I must know Jesus.  I cannot know him too well.  I cannot know him too completely.  The more I know him, the more I understand what moves him, what he values, what he sees, AND the more I will see it too.  John 1 tells us that Jesus is God's Word.  A great way to know Jesus is to know the Bible, God's Word.  Read, study, discuss, share, memorize... all help me know God's Word - Jesus.

I must understand the nature of things.  There are more dimensions than those we expect to operate within.  There is a spiritual dimension.  In Matthew 4, Jesus said that the Kingdom of Heaven was "at hand".  It exists.  It is real and it is now.  The experience on the Mount of Transfiguration was an example of the spiritual dimension intersecting with the physical dimensions we are accustomed to.  God's Spirit is tasked with guiding us into all truth.  The more I allow His guidance over my thoughts and actions, the more "aware", the more I will "see" the truth of all of life's dimensions.

I am a relational being.  It is God's design point.  I must think, function, and "see" in the context of relationships.  I am not an island.  My actions do impact others.  I cannot, should not be independent.  I need to learn to live interdependent.  The more I open myself up to relationships, the more sensitive I will be to relationships and the nature of relationships.

If I do these things, it will be vision correction as a disciple of Jesus Christ.

12:57 pm edt 

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