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Eyes That See

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We see differently even when we look at same thing. It is amazing how much variation there is in what individuals see, even if they looked at similar things. If two people did a scenic tour, each one would see different things. Some people see so much more than others. Some are very observant whilst others see a lot less.

Eg- Two men looked through prison bars. One saw nothing but dirt whilst the other saw stars.


Jesus accused the religious leaders of being blind, they saw but did not see who Jesus really was, the Son of God and the promised savior.

Matthew 15:14 They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch."

Repeatedly God accused His people of having eyes but not seeing.

Acts 28:27 Their ears are hard of hearing, their eyes they have closed,

Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears… so that I should heal them. Ears that hear and eyes that see lead to our healing.

Proverbs 20:12  The hearing ear and the seeing eye, The Lord has made them both. Ask God for ears that really hear and eyes that really see.

An important prayer to pray is that God would give us eyes to truly see as He wants us to. We hear a lot about the importance of hearing,  both hearing what people are saying to us and hearing the voice of God. We also need to pray that God will give us eyes to see.

Eg- How often we say about a person, they just can’t see it. 

1. The God who sees. The God we serve has eyes that really see. The story of Hagar brings this out. After becoming pregnant to Abraham she was put out of the household by Sarah. She flees out into the wilderness alone and she is in distress when the Lord comes to her.

Genesis 16:7-8 Now the Angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur. [8] And He said, "Hagar, Sarai's maid, where have you come from, and where are you going?" She said, "I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai."

Genesis 16:13 Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees; for she said, "Have I also here seen Him who sees me?" Hagar calls the Lord the God who sees. He saw her true condition and came to her assistance.  Whatever is happening in your life today, God sees.


Other people may walk past you, talk to you, live in same house, attend the same church but they don’t really see what's happening in your life. In contrast God sees the smallest detail and cares deeply for you as He did Hagar.

John 9:1 As he was walking along, he saw a man blind from birth. Here’s a blind man probably ignored most of his life. People would have walked past him many times and barely noticed his blindness let alone his pain. One day Jesus is walking by and the bible says He saw. Maybe for the first time someone actually saw the true plight of the blind man. Jesus saw the hidden hurt, pain, disappointment  with life, saw the rejection, lack of hope. No one sees like Jesus. Not only did he see He did something. He reached out in love.

Today whatever you are going through, Jesus sees you and understands exactly everything that is going on. He sees and feels all the hurt, pain, rejection and misunderstanding you are facing. No one else may really see but one person sure does; Jesus. And He is full of compassion.


The disciples saw the same blind man but with different eyes. They asked in v2 "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"

Incredible, they saw questions, why is he blind, did he sin or was it his parents? Unlike Jesus they didn’t see a man in desperate need who maybe they could help. Really their eyes did not see the man.

Eg-  All too often, I’m like the disciples, I see someone not doing well & struggling. I think & wonder where they went wrong, some rebellion, some sin, lazy?? It actually releases me from feeling responsible to help. It’s their fault. I don’t see them or their need and I go my merry way. I found myself finding justification for doing nothing.

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Ralph Ellison wrote of the pain of life as an African American in a white society. I am the invisible man..  I am a man of substance, of flesh, of bone. I am invisible I understand simply because people refuse to see me.

Eg- Have you ever felt like the invisible person, in a room plenty of people but no one sees or notices you? I have experienced that and its a terrible feeling. We need to be the one who sees the one no one else sees.

One of our difficulties in having eyes that really see is we are often very caught up in being seen and noticed ourselves. So our energy and focus goes into being seen. Meanwhile we barely give a thought to others who are truly alone and need someone to really see them.

Eg- Mother Theresa was asked what she saw as she walked the streets of Calcutta, where the poorest live, the orphans starving. She replied “ I see Jesus in a distressing disguise”.  Amazing- I have walked the same streets of Calcutta as Mother Theresa. My eyes never saw what she saw, I never really saw the desperate and dying, the homeless, I never saw Jesus in a distressing disguise, so I did nothing. I happily went my way.

How good are your eyes? Do you see the mess on the bench at work, home? Do you see newsletters lying around? Water on floor? Do you see someone moving chairs, shifting house and so offer to help?

Do you see a car broken down, a financial need, see pain on persons face? 

Jesus saw everything, He saw the widow give 2 mites, He saw children and blessed them.

He saw ambition, jealousy in people. He saw those who wanted to be greatest.  

2. As we walk along

John 9v1 - As he was walking along, he saw a man blind from birth.

A key here to our walk with God, Jesus did His work as he walked along. He was not at work, not preaching, not in a meeting, not in a formal work or ministry situation, He was just walking along. The main place we do the work of God is as we walk along. When you have eyes that really see, you do the works of God in the day to day, routine, mundane events of life. You don’t need a position, platform, open door, we do our best work every day as we walk along. If we grasp this truth it will change our lives, we will please God, fulfill our destiny.

It is too easy to be waiting for the big call, open door. Danger is we miss daily opportunities which are the call of God. We can fulfill the high call of God every day as much as the day we do something that seems big. Today is the day of great opportunity and serving. Let’s not miss today, we never get it back again. Remember the greatest serving is loving.

We need to see what Jesus sees everyday and do the work of God. Don’t let those daily opportunities to do the work of God pass you by.

3. Matthew 25:34-40  Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: [35] for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; [36] I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.' Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? [38] When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? [39] Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'

A powerful passage of scripture that needs to get our attention and meditation. What was Jesus really saying with these powerful words?

Jesus is no longer visible among us but this verse teaches that we minister to Him in the people we come across every day. Every encounter with another person is in a way an encounter with Jesus. 

Jesus lived for others. He was drawn to the unattractive and undesirable. He was a friend of sinners, publicans, outcasts, rejects. Jesus had eyes that could see. He saw beyond the exterior and saw the true hearts of people, the goodness, kindness, sincerity. He could see beyond the rough exterior of rebellion, cutting remarks, arrogance, moodiness and sin.

He could see the unloved, broken, hurt people who never received the needed love to develop normally, who no one believed in, who had been abused, put down.  Eyes that really see can see beyond the exterior, even the annoying ways of some people and still reach out in love and kindness.

People are hungry for love, do we see that? Are we aware of it? We are all walking through this world, may God give us eyes that see. 

I find it all too easy to walk through the day self absorbed, caught up in myself, the things I need to do that day. If I have challenges then I am even more likely to walk right past people in pain and virtually not see them.

If I do happen to see their need I can easily think, "Not today, I have my own problems to sort out." Maybe another time.

In John 13 Jesus teaches us a new idea of greatness in His kingdom.

John 13:14-17  If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

Key words here are - if I your Lord and teacher have washed your feet you should wash one anothers feet. With that act of Jesus, a new idea of greatness in the kingdom of God emerged. Ministering to the needs of others.

But to do this we first have to have eyes that see.

4. The worst most tragic blindness of all.  

2 Cor. 4:4   whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

Here the bible speaks about eyes blinded by Satan to the light of salvation through Jesus. To not see this light and truth is the greatest blindness and tragedy of all. The consequences are unthinkable. Our greatest task is to open the blinded eyes to see God’s salvation through Jesus.

Eg- As you walk through the day and pass many people, what do you see? I recall after a visitation of God in my life, I was sitting at an airport with crowds of people. That day I didn’t see wealthy people traveling, I didn’t see the beautiful and not so good looking, I didn’t see young and old, happy or the miserable. I saw lost souls in need of salvation. I had pity on them, I felt sad for them. I saw for a moment with God’s eyes, eyes that really see.

When you watch TV, read a magazine, watch a sport, what do you see? Eyes that really see, see people without Christ, without hope heading to a lost eternity.

May God give us all eyes that really see, see the needs of people, see things that need doing, see lost souls and reach out with the love of God.

 

 



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