Our youth group at church put forth a challenge to the entire church to join with them in reading through the Bible in a year. I’ve been following the plan that they are using and yesterday came across a phrase that may often go unnoticed in scripture. This phrase, I believe, gives us a glimpse of what it is like to see through Jesus’ eyes.
“Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.” – Matthew 9:36 NASV
The phrase that struck me was this. “He felt compassion for them.” These were the people in the slums of the villages. Many were probably homeless, penniless, sick, outcast, and any other ‘negative’ adjective you could attach.
Let me put it in modern terms. They could have been the guy sitting at the intersection with a cardboard sign reading, “Homeless, please help!” You know the type. The person who we desperately try to avoid even making eye contact with because we don’t even want to open the possibility for a conversation to start. But this was the very type of person that Jesus had compassion for (see v.35).
I often hear people pray something like, “Lord let me see the world as You see it.” This is a great and noble prayer, but I’m not sure that we understand how radically our world view would change if God answered this prayer in our lives. Think about it. Jesus didn’t care what mistakes (if any) that people had made to end up in such a bad situation. He didn’t lecture them with things like, “If you had only done this,” or “why don’t you get a job.” He simply had compassion.
The challenge to all of us (myself included) is this. Dare to see the world through His eyes. The question to all of us is this. Are we ready to see the world through His eyes? Be prepared to be forever changed if you are!