By: Pastor Brent Roll
“We may think God wants actions of a certain kind, but God wants people of a certain kind.” — C. S. Lewis
At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.
“All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it” (Luke 10:21-24).
One year, for my birthday, my wife got me a gag gift. It was a shirt that said, “My wife says I don’t listen…Or something like that.” I had to laugh because sometimes this is the case for me. You see, I have this habit of letting things go in one ear and out the other. I’m sure others of you are guilty of this as well. It happens to the best of us.
Or what about looking for your car keys or your phone because you just can’t seem to remember where you put it? You are searching high and low and then you look and it was sitting there in plain sight the entire time.
While letting things go in one ear and out the other and overlooking something in plain sight may seem kind of silly, I wonder how many times we are guilty of these things in our Christian walk as well. How many times do we view things or others how God would? Or how often do we listen to things like God would? If we are all being honest with ourselves we probably don’t take things in from God’s perspective enough. Because if we did, chances are we would act radically different.
Lord, Give us your eyes to see and your ears to hear. Let us not waste the opportunities we have each day to draw others to you and to give you praise. Amen.