Matthew 19:14 Jesus said,
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Have you ever walked a mile in someone else’s shoes?
Have you ever looked at others through someone else’s eyes?
This is the last lesson I learned from my mother before she died. I learned to look at my children though her eyes. I learned to see their innocence as she saw them. Later I sensed the Lord telling me to look at everyone not through my mother’s eyes but through His, to see everyone as He sees them. Doing this can change your entire outlook on others. People who had habits or mannerisms that pestered you no longer do. You do not see that. You know their hearts and the individual as Christ loves them.
We are a visual society. Television, movies, computers and other sources constantly bombard us with images of one sort or another. The movie “BIG” is an older movie with Tom Hanks. This is the story of a boy who wishes to be big, and overnight, his wish is granted. He goes to sleep as a boy and wakes up the next morning as a physically full-grown Tom Hanks.
I remember standing over the bed of each of my children when they were little. I would try to imagine what they would look like when they would grow to be a teenager. What would their voices sound like? What things would they like to do? I would then ponder the same questions again looking at them as adults. As they have grown older, it is heartwarming to glance back and see how far they have come.
Obviously, a visual person, it makes sense that when I attempt to look at others through Jesus’ eyes that I tend to visualize that person, as a child of God, standing before the Lord and personally seeing His acceptance and outpouring of love toward them. Imagine looking at an elder of your church, sixty or seventy years old, and then seeing them as a child, standing before the Lord. Envision their reaction and His. This little exercise I have repeated often, and it has deepened my appreciation for those around me, regardless of their demeanor and actions. As children of God, they are forgiven of their sins; therefore, they will stand before the King with childlike innocence. Matthew 18:3 quotes the Savior in this way,
“And he said: ‘I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.’”
I visualize those elders, and everybody else that believes in Christ Jesus, standing there looking up into His eyes with awe, as a child who deeply admires their father. They will be reaching with outstretched arms to hug their loving Father and feel the protection of His arms around them. They are indeed children of God and are deeply loved by Him. As we strive ourselves to be a child of the King, we should also love and view at our brothers as nothing less.
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