Reaching out to Central New York in the name of Jesus Christ

A Word for Today

How Do You Look?

I John 3:12  Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known.  But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see him as He is.

What a wonderful promise: to see God as He is. It is almost too powerful to grasp, to think of seeing God as the all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-present being He is. Wow. 

But did you ever wonder how God sees you? That God would see you as you are, can be a thought-provoking proposition.

Would you immediately say, “Welcome, come in, here I am, take a look!” Maybe, “Give me a minute, let me clean up a little!” Maybe, “Not right now I wasn’t expecting to see you today!” Or maybe you never thought about it.

But God is constantly looking at us. In Job, God said to Satan, “Have you noticed my son Job?” The LORD obviously had been watching Job and seeing him as he was. What God saw in Job was uprightness and righteousness. This allowed God to use Job.

In the New Testament, Jesus said Nathaniel was a man without deceit.  Nathaniel questioned, “How do you know me,” and Jesus responded, “I saw you earlier under a fig tree.” Jesus was watching Nathaniel and saw him as he was. This allowed Jesus to use Nathaniel.

In a society where personal image is top priority, it can sometimes be disconcerting that our concern about how God sees us can fall back in priority. There is no twitter feed from God to us to let us know His opinion of us. No Instagram pictures for Him to show us how we look. No Facebook post for Him to voice His thoughts of us. But He is watching. In Jeremiah 17:10,  it. says, “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”

So be encouraged, a time will come when we will see God as He is, but also be sober. He is watching us now. He is seeing us as we are. The question is, what is He seeing in you? How do you look?