Jesus Never Looked Down on Others

by Jon Walker

FlowerThink of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.” (1 Corinthians 1:26 NIV)

Jesus never looked down on others, and that gave him the ability to see them as people. They weren’t users, consumers, or customers. They were people in need of a relationship with him, not a ‘dos-and-don’ts‘ religion.

Once we understand our identity in Christ, we will begin to see people in a similar way. We will see that they are eternal beings, created in the image of God. We will no longer use their circumstances or sins to define who they are; we will see who they are through the eyes of Jesus.

This perspective, so different from our natural tendencies, brought out the best in the people Jesus met. He saw their true value, and, as a result, they came to know their true value.

Consider:

  •    Jesus saw a woman who would sin no more when others saw a woman caught in adultery.
  •     Jesus saw a man who was able to see when others saw a blind man.
  •     Jesus saw a man picking up his mat to walk when others saw a cripple.
  •     Jesus saw a huge yet hurting heart when others saw a wee little man named Zacchaeus.
  •     Jesus saw an articulate disciple when others saw a tax collector named Matthew.
  •     Jesus saw a woman of willing sacrifice when others saw wasted perfume.
  •   Jesus saw a stable rock for building the Church when others saw an impulsive, impetuous disciple named Peter.
  •    Jesus saw men who did not know what they were doing when others saw evil men pounding nails into a cross.

Our objective is to stop seeing others from our limited perspective and to start seeing them in the way God sees them, encouraging the best of others, bringing them to the one who wants more than all the world what is best for them — Christ the Lord (Luke 2:8-10).

Thoughts
– Think of someone that you have looked down on. When God looks at you and this person, what similarities do you think he sees?

Try to spend one day seeing and hearing through the eyes and ears of Christ. How does it change the way you see others? How does it change the way you treat others?

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3 Responses to Jesus Never Looked Down on Others

  1. Mariska says:

    Try seeing yourself as what Jesus is looking at you, not just seeing others like Jesus would see them, I think by doing that you will find peace, strength, being positive, your awesome talent that was given to you. In Jesus Name Amen.

  2. sobhi malas says:

    Our objective is to stop seeing others from our limited perspective and to start seeing them in the way God sees them, encouraging the best of others, bringing them to the one who wants more than all the world what is best for them — Christ the Lord (Luke 2:8-10).

  3. Jo Melis says:

    WONDERFUL….Thank you so much. l find this very difficult – seeing Jesus in people, especially those l don’t get on with. God made us all, them too, we are most likely hurting over the same things.
    Have often have you felt you have been snubbed by a person you said hello too ? l my self have been accused of it – it wasn’t intentionally . It was the case the hadn’t seen them or were miles away in my dream world or speaking to some one else…..
    But it hurt that person…..Dear Jesus help us to be more like you in seeing people as YOU do, not as we do. Please, thank you Dear Lord. Amen

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