When was the last time that you had to get your eyes checked? It’s been three years since my last eye exam. I went last week because I noticed that my eyesight has not been as sharp. Sure enough, when I got my vision tested, the eye doctor told me that I needed new glasses! God’s word reminds us that we all need to have our vision tested on a regular basis. Not just simply having our eyes examined, but rather examining how we “see” others through the lens of Jesus’ love.
In the early Christian Church, there was a distinction between how the Jewish Christians and Greek Christians viewed one another (vice versa). All of Jesus’ original disciples had been Jewish. After Pentecost however, the church began to grow with believers from all over! (see Acts chapter 2)
Peter and the disciples had to figure things out. Initially, the way they saw things, was that God had a preference for the Jews. They thought that Jesus had died primarily for the Jewish people and not for everyone else. They needed to have their (faith) “vision” corrected.
God sent Peter a vison that allowed him to see that Jesus loves all people (see Acts chapter 10). After this vision, Peter was able to see things a lot clearer. “It’s God’s own truth, nothing could be plainer: God plays no favorites! It makes no difference who you are or where you’re from—if you want God and are ready to do as he says, the door is open. The Message he sent to the children of Israel—that through Jesus Christ everything is being put together again—well, he’s doing it everywhere, among everyone.” (Acts 10:34-36-MSG)
Sometimes, we need to get our "faith vision" checked too. If we think that the love of Jesus is only for people who look, act or live like us, our vision needs to be corrected! God’s word reminds us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) We need to get our eyes checked before we judge the worthiness of others. Jesus said, “take the log out of your own eye” before you judge the worthiness of someone else. (Matthew 7:5)
God’s vision is clear that “all be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:4) Jesus put it this way, “For God so loved the world (i.e. EVERYBODY) that He gave His one and only Son, that WHOEVER believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life!” (John 3:16)
The Good News of Jesus, is that He offers free eye exams! Your sins are forgiven because of the free gift of Jesus’ love for you. Because of the work of Jesus on the cross, God now see us as His dear children. We can now see others through the lens of Jesus' love!
Loved by Jesus,
Pastor Steve Maske