Going after bigger fish 3

2014-46.3

Mark 2:15-17

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Grander Vision about people

 

Dreyfuss watch copy

Dreyfuss watches carry the inscription ‘Handcrafted’.

The story yesterday about Chuck Colson highlighted something about his God-given ability to see people as God sees them. He has the ability to look into the eyes of a convicted inmate and see a dimension of a fulfilled, productive life that can be used to bring good to others as well as themselves.

He is not unique in this – others call it “seeing the gold in a person”.

I was in a well-known department store and while my wife was browsing I found myself looking at the display cabinets of men’s and women’s watches. This was a high-end store, and the prices ranged from quite high to …, well, you can pay 10 or 20 times more for a watch that tells the same time. The difference, apparently, is that the really expensive ones are hand-crafted.

Like you and me – hand-crafted by a wonderful creator God who fashions us in His own image. We are the top brand! That same highly-polished, beautiful watch, like the ones in the glossy magazine advertisements, may not look anything special after you have been pulled out of a car crash or rescued by a fire and rescue crew from a collapsing building. But to the discerning eye, the logo shows the distinguished heritage, and it will polish up again.

Grander Vision living sees the distinctive Swiss watch-like imprint underneath the distortion of mud and grime and even damage. God sees His original design in people because he loves us – as people.

Choosing to live the Grander Vision is about developing that sixth-sense awareness of people, regardless of where they are spiritually when you encounter them. It’s about getting past what our human senses pick up and keeping the focus on the Father’s desire to redeem them.

Luke records an occasion when James and John were accompanying Jesus en route to Jerusalem which would take them across a corner of Samaria, and they were refused passage (Luke 9:51-56). The two disciples, whose pride had been stung by this, asked Jesus if He wanted them to call down fire from heaven on the offenders. Jesus told them they’d got it wrong. We don’t know what He said, but He knew they hadn’t caught the Father’s heart. The redemption of the Samaritans – however, whenever – had a far higher value than the wounded pride of a couple of Jews.

Another time, the Pharisees railed at Jesus for interacting with rather reprobate crowd – why waste your time on these unworthy ones, they said in effect. His answer went straight to the point: despite their learning, despite their efforts to achieve law-abiding perfect, they didn’t get the heart of the Father.

What is Jesus saying here? The heart of the Father always means leaning towards people. It’s not just the people we regard as our neighbours (our particular ‘in crowd’) as the Parable of the Good Samaritan makes clear. There is a bias to those who are lost, as we were, and undervalued.(Luke 10:29 and following; Luke 15:1-4)

The door of the kingdom is open to all, and we stand as the welcomers of all whom the Father longs to see redeemed through recognising the sacrifice of His Son.

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