There are so many ways to see the same person. God chooses a vision that is redemptive, seeing through grace and compassion and hope. And He wants us to see people the same way. To see them for who they could be if they knew just how much Jesus loves them or wants to transform them.

To see, we need light, and Jesus is the light source that we need.

Imagine how seeing the way Jesus does might change the way you react to people, the way it might change you! When you see the homeless person on the corner, your heart will hurt. When you notice someone is having a horrible day, you will care.

It’s hard to open our eyes and really see the world around us, to be aware of the brokenness and hurt. It’s hard to open our hearts and feel the way Jesus does, to feel the weight of their eternal destiny. Even to empathize with them; it takes real courage and vulnerability to find the part of our hearts that relate to what those who are lost are going through. We feel safer keeping our eyes inward and on other Christians all the time. But that’s not having a redemptive vision. That’s not seeing as Jesus does.

If we keep our eyes closed we won’t experience as much hurt, but we also won’t experience nearly as much joy; we’ll have so much less to celebrate.