"Because of this decision we don't evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know." 2 Corinthians 5:16 MSG
Thoughts for Today
Jesus doesn't look at how much we have in our bank account, or how talented we are, or what background we come from. He looks at our heart.
Do you have a worldly point of view or a Christ-like point of view?
A worldly point of view considers how a person looks … what a person possesses or lacks … or who a person knows. Financially well-to-do people may avoid associating with the working class. People in lower income brackets may assume that everyone with money is stuck-up and unkind. But Jesus doesn't see people on a ledger sheet. He sees each of us as an individual with needs and desires and feelings.
Are there people you avoid because of their social or financial standing? Remember that they are God's creation—just like you. A successful business person who seems aloof may need a friend to talk to. Another person might not have the college degrees you have, but could have godly wisdom that would make a difference in your life.
We need to leave the worldly point of view, with all its prejudices and misconceptions, behind. Ask God to help you see people through his eyes and reach out to them with his love.
Father, help me not to evaluate people by what they have or how they look. Help me have a Christ-like point of view and respond to the real person, not what I see on the surface. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from…
One Nation Under God: Toward Race Reconciliation by Donna Saunders, Ph.D. and Jean Leak, MS, RN. This study discusses barriers between people and shows how to make Christ visible through love in action. This guide also offers the way to strengthen and bond relationships. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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