Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Do you need Fresh Eyes?
My Beautiful Family....Summer 2008
Reading this devotional this morning really made me think. Even though I married outside my race, and my kids are biracial I have caught myself in need of fresh eyes. It is so easy to look at someone on the outside and think you know all about them and their "type". The truth is we are not put on this earth do judge yet we do it everyday. Despite my vision being 20/20 I am still in need of fresh eyes....are you?
Tuesday, May 5
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28
Recommended ReadingJames 2:1-9
It's almost impossible not to do it—see the differences in people, that is. We walk down the street, enter a crowded room, or visit a shopping mall, and immediately our visual radar begins to sort people out: tall or short, rich or poor, black, white, or brown; and countless other differences are immediately apparent. The problem starts when we begin to make judgments about those people without even knowing them, or treating them differently once we do meet them.
When we play favorites or show prejudice, we are violating God's standards. In spite of our physical, economic, or ethnic differences, God sees all human beings the same way. All have the same spiritual need (being reconciled to Him) and all are free to have their need met the same way (through the universal offer of the Gospel of Christ). None are God's favorites when it comes to receiving His love and grace. And none should be our favorites when we are representing Him in this world.
You can't keep from seeing the external differences in people, but you can keep from acting on them. Ask God to give you fresh eyes to see the world as He does.
Beware lest we mistake our prejudices for our convictions.
Harry A. Ironside