A bunch of us who are walking through the Sex For Sale series at GCC together are reading Rob Bell’s book, Sex God. In it, he describes a scene that happens over and over again. A girl walks by and a group of guys start rating her body.
Even if we don’t practice something quite so obvious, we all have a way of seeing people as less than human. We encounter people everyday that we see as little more than the function they perform, a product to consume, or an inconvenience that gets in our way. But Jesus had a way of seeing people that was different. He looked a prostitute in the eye and saw her as a worshiper. He looked a corrupt tax collector in the eye and saw him as a proper dinner companion and disciple. He looked poor fishermen in the eye and saw them as the men who would lead the greatest revolution the world has ever seen. Following Jesus means we’re invited to adopt the same perspective.
“Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.”
Sure, most of us probably aren’t tempted to categorize someone as circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian or Scythian, but we still put people in the same boxes. An Israelite might have looked down on someone uncircumcised as not being properly religious. Members of the church at Colosse might have looked down on barbarians and Scythians for being low class or unrefined.
“The new humanity is about seeing people as God sees them.”
Rob Bell in Sex God
Pay attention today. How do you see the people you encounter? Maybe the pizza delivery guy is purely an inconvenience because you’re hungry and he’s late. Maybe the people who work for you are nothing more than a resource you can squeeze for profits. Maybe that girl at school you’ve been staring at is just fuel for a fantasy. Maybe the reason you're into that guy is only that he represents security for the future.
But they ARE more than that. They’re people created by God who were worth the death of Jesus. And you’re more than that, too. In Christ, we’re invited to see people like He sees them and to love like He loves.
God, make us aware of our perspective today. Show us the habits we’ve accepted when we minimize the intrinsic value you’ve placed in every human life. Help us see every person with the worth you demonstrated when you died for them. And let it not just be for a day. Let it be a step toward a new way of life.
In Jesus name,