Why God Allows Us to See

I think we see more than we realize.

We go about our daily lives passing by or even sharing friendly conversation with people who are in significant places in their life. Most of the time, though, we won’t learn anything about it. We have no idea what tragic loss they are processing internally while putting on a happy face. We may not stay with them long enough to understand why they are expressing so much joy.

In some instances, it might be that we just don’t care. But I don’t think that’s the primary issue. Instead, I think it’s something that seems to be natural for just about all of us.

We don’t process what we see.

If we did, we might ask better questions of those we meet. It might give us cause to pause longer in someone’s presence to truly realize that in that moment you are both influencing each other’s lives. If we slowed down to process what we see, I believe we’d be moved to care.

The Holy Spirit guides us into truth and relationship. When Jesus passed by the lame, blind, poor, and prostitutes, he knew the truth of their situation. Yet He did not stop with truth; He acted on it. He knew they needed healing, saving, caring, and loving. It wasn’t culturally acceptable to trouble Himself with what He saw, but it was relationally essential.

Jesus showed Himself to be a Good Samaritan, and He calls us to follow.

In our Commissioning group this week, we began considering what it is God allows us to see on a daily basis. We might see something having a hard time fitting in. It could be someone celebrating hope in making it through another day. We may see someone who’s homeless or fatherless. But being a Good Samaritan involves going one step further with what we see. We need to ask a better question to go deeper.

Why did God allow me to see this?

When we ask that question, we begin to process what we’ve seen. The Spirit works within our heart and mind to help us see the truth of the situation and drive us to relate to that person. Ultimately, this will lead to finding true relationship in Christ. But it wouldn’t happen at all unless we ask the question. In fact, we might still miss it if we don’t get even more specific.

What does God want me to do with what I’ve seen?

People pass by on the other side all the time, but we must commit to relationship. It doesn’t begin with going on a mission trip or joining a specialized ministry. It begins where we are. Who have we seen today? Why has God allowed us to see them? What does God want me to do as a result?

In our group, we decided to think back on the last couple of weeks and consider who and what we’ve seen and how we can respond. We each have a specific person in mind that we are intentionally seeking to show Christ’s love in a very real way. On Sunday, we will face each other in accountability and share what God did through the process of acting on what we see.

I’d encourage you to begin asking the better questions and processing what God allows you to see. As you do, we’d appreciate your prayers for our group as we seek to be intentional this week in becoming a Good Samaritan. Better yet, as we seek to become more like Jesus.

 

 

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