How does God really see us?
Do you realise that God can see a whole lot more in us than we see in ourselves? He knows our failures, weaknesses, sin and the obstacles in our lives and yet He loves us and has a plan for us.
If we look at the Israelites in Judges Chapter 7, they were living in fear of the Midianite soldiers who were set to attack at any time, as they would during the harvest to steal as much of the crops as they could. The Israelites couldn’t see any end to this, but God had a plan to deliver them, and chose Gideon.
GOD SEES GIDEON’S POTENTIAL
Gideon was someone who lived in fear – in fact, in Judges 6:11 it says he would hide in a winepress to thresh his small harvest because he was so scared. Gideon was an unlikely person to lead the deliverance of the Israelites and yet God met Gideon right there in the winepress. God sends an Angel to tell him that he is a “mighty man of [fearless] courage”. Where others saw a coward, God saw a deliverer!
GOD SEES US DIFFERENTLY TO HOW WE SEE OURSELVES
Gideon’s story is just one example of how God doesn’t always see us the way we see ourselves. We often look at ourselves through the lens of society, thinking we are in the wrong social class, race or age, and comparing ourselves to others. We make excuses as to why we think God can’t use us, but God sees the potential in us and wants to use us in our lives despite our flaws.
HOW DOES GOD SEE US?
Here are just some of the things that the Bible says about how God sees us:
“…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation…” (1 Corinthians 5:17)
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” (1 Peter 2:9)
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience” (Colossians 3:12)
“For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptised into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:26-28)
HELPING EACH OTHER SEE WHAT GOD SEES
As Christians, we are called to help each other to see what God sees – and encourage each other in the gifts that God has given us. In 1 Thessalonians, the church is told “He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with Him. Therefore encourage and build one another up…”
We can start to see ourselves how God sees us when we realise that our strength comes from Him and who He is. As Jesus says in John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
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You too can reach your FULL POTENTIAL when you ask God how He really sees you.