The Pryor Times

October 10, 2013

How does God see us?


Steve Lay

PRYOR, OK — Most of us would not even consider leaving our house to go out in public without first looking in a mirror.  We want to know what other people see when they look at us.  The mirror lets us see ourselves as other people see us.

But how many of us ever wonder how we look in God’s eyes?  In order for us to know how God sees us, we must look in a different kind of mirror.  When Samuel was looking for a new king, the Lord told him that a man’s physical appearance was not what was important.  He explained in 1 Samuel 16:7, “For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

What does God see when He looks at the heart?  How can we know how we look through the eyes of God?  God provides us with a special mirror for the soul, and that mirror is the Bible (James 1:22-25).  Just like a mirror reveals the flaws in our physical bodies, the Bible reveals the disfigurements of the soul.

The Bible reveals how Abraham lied about his wife, saying that she was his sister.  Isaac did the same thing.  The Bible tells about Moses disobeying God by striking the rock when God told him to speak to it.  David’s adultery with Bathsheba and having her husband killed are likewise revealed in the Bible.  These are just a few examples.

But we do not look into a mirror to see others.  The main purpose of a mirror is to allow us to see ourselves as others see us.  Similarly, the Bible shows us how we look through the eyes of God.  While we read about the sins of others, we cannot help but become more aware of our own.  The Bible tells us how God wants us to live.  The Bible is God’s law for us, and when we violate God’s law, we are guilty of sin (1 John 3:4).

All of us have sinned whether we realize it or not.  The Bible tells us in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  Without looking into God’s mirror, the Bible, we may not realize that we are guilty of sin.  The Bible reveals what changes we need to make in order to be presentable before God.  The blessing that comes from looking in a mirror is that we can change the way we look.  A dirty face can be washed, our hair can be fixed, and a face full of whiskers can be shaved.

While the Bible reveals our sins to us, it also tells us how to be cleansed of those sins.  Our sins can be washed away by the blood of Christ.  When we obey the commands found in the Bible, God cleanses us of our sins.  1 Peter 1:22 says that we purify our souls by obeying the truth.  God’s word is truth (John 17:17).

We must obey God’s word to have our sins washed away.  The church in Corinth contained people who, in the past, had been fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, thieves, and drunkards, but they had been washed, sanctified, and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).  Their sins were washed away by the blood of Christ when they obeyed the truth.  See Romans 6:3-4, 17-18.

When the people who had gathered in Jerusalem learned their guilt in crucifying Jesus, the Bible says in Acts 2:37-38, “Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Men and brethren, what shall we do?’  Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’”

When the people repented and were baptized, their sins were washed away.  We too, can remove the spots and blemishes from our souls by obeying what the Bible teaches.  Then, we will look glorious in God’s sight.  That is what is really important.

Steve Lay

Evangelist, Chouteau Hills Church of Christ