Friday, June 12, 2015

practice in your mirror

The Word for today:
Judges 16
Yesterday, we concluded by writing that “In the Bible and in our real-time lives, we must remember to see people through the supernatural eyes of God, or we will get the wrong picture -- and miss the entire point.”
The following characters are a peek into the mind of Christ (1). If you want to see the world through God's eyes, according to the mind of Christ, then begin to contemplate what it was that God saw in some of the misfits and outcasts whom he commissioned to lead his people.
Gideon was too timid to lead (as seen from the mind of man);
Samson's morals were questionable, at best; he was a vow-breaker and was dominated by lusts and domineering women (as seen from the mind of man);
Moses had insecurities (as seen from the mind of man, including Moses' own mind);
Aaron was swayed by the crowd;
David had a tempestuous temper, was a parental failure, and succumbed to (accidental) pornography;
Jacob was the supreme flim-flam artist; that is, until he met Uncle Laban, the con of cons;
Joseph was cocky;
Elijah was prone to melt-down under depression;
Jonah, the Bible's greatest evangelist (batting 1000 in Nineveh) did not want to save a single soul in Nineveh;
Amos was a country yokel, placed in sophisticated surroundings;
Esther and Mordecai should have removed themselves from their sophisticated surrounding and returned to the land, but they didn't;
John the Baptist didn't fit in anywhere or with anybody (except Jesus);
Peter was at the mercy of his own spontaneity; his muscles and mouth often moved before his mind was engaged;
Paul--Pharisee of Pharisees--attempted to stamp out Christianity before he became Christ's foremost ambassador.
The great principle is that what God sees is Christ in us:
To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27)
Seeing Christ in those who trust him is to see through God's transformative eyes. If you want to learn how to see things that way, start by practicing in your mirror.
(1) 1 Corinthians 2:16

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