how can we really see people?

five minute friday:people

People. Humans. Inhabitants in the world. Made in the image of God.

He remembers we are but mere dust according to Psalm 103:14. And yet He made us fearfully and wonderfully (Psalm 139:14). He took the time to fashion, make, form and create each one. Not just speaking each into being as He did the incredible exploding stars we see in the night sky. No, for man, He gets His hands dirty. He gets involved and makes Himself vulnerable.

Intricately woven, knit together and formed or molded as if working with clay, the very inward parts we cannot see, physically and emotionally. God made you, God made me, with purpose and intention exactly as He designed.

So how do we, the dust, see others from any other framework?

That spouse that pushes your buttons, also made with purpose and intention from the skilled hand of God. That child who makes poor choices, also was knit together by the Father. Or how about the guy cutting you off on the highway? Or the neighbor living a very different lifestyle than you? Or the clerk at the Costco who responded with irritation? Each one a person. Each one made by God, unhidden from His sight, formed by His hands with purpose.

How do we live out this Truth?

  1. We are called to love people. As Jesus told the scribe in Mark 12, the greatest commandment is to love God and love others as yourself. Just love them, as we love our own self. We generally look out for ourselves, take offense and defend ourselves. We comfort and nourish ourselves. What if we loved others like that?
  2. We are called to pray for people. God, through Paul, in 1 Timothy 2:1 urges us to supplications, prayers and intercessions be made for ALL people. Not just the ones we like, love or feel bad for. Nope. All people. That guy in traffic, the liberal neighbor, the irritated clerk. All of them. Even our leaders in high positions, PRAYING (not complaining and arguing) that they would lead a peaceful, quiet life, godly and dignified in every way (verse 2). What if we actually paused in our dealings with others and prayed for them?
  3. We are called to give thanks for people. In that same verse in 1 Timothy, Paul goes on to say “…and thanksgivings be made for all people.” Verse 3 tells us how this is pleasing in the sight of God who desires all people to be saved and come to the knowledge of the Truth. What if we thanked God for this person and the opportunity to shine Christ’s light into their day?

People are a tough bunch. They are messy and needy and selfish, as are we. But those are the ones He came for and died for. So what if we, who are in Christ, lived as the redeemed and began to love, pray for and be thankful for those around us who need Him like we do?

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13 thoughts on “how can we really see people?

  1. Always trying to “see this world as He sees them” – it is a continual challenge and growing process but it is a beautiful exercise!

    1. You are so right, Jennifer…a continual challenge and growing process but definitely a beautiful exercise. Well said. Thank you! <3

  2. Mariel, this morning I felt too chewed up to comment, let alone sonnetize, but your words moved me deeply. I hope you like this.

    Can I see you as God sees you,
    can I care as He doth care?
    Can I live what He says is true?
    Moreover, do I dare?
    Do I have faith and courage
    to open up my heart
    to words that may become a scourge,
    and tear my soul apart,
    words from those who won’t accept
    the Love that I would show
    and thus blindingly reject
    the Lord that they might know?
    Can I love the world as He
    did even unto Calvary?

  3. I love this! I think it makes a huge difference to see people as made in God’s image and loved by him – even those we find hard to get on with!

  4. We sometimes forget we are people. Right? I have a person who gets under my skin and I finally decided I was going to fix that because God doesn’t want me to respond that way to anyone. First I avoided her, but she seemed to be everywhere I was. So then I started praying for her and looking at the Christ-like aspects of her life. She still gets under my skin, but I love her as God’s creation and for her love for God – imperfect as she is. I hope others will love me the best they can too.

    1. What a great example, Amie! Thank you for sharing that! I can sooo relate! You are so right, I, too, want others to love me the best they can too, so shouldn’t I do the same? <3

  5. Love this – and especially the reminder you opened with, that the references to God creating people all involve him being very hands-on. He formed man from the dust and breathed into him, he formed woman from man’s rib, he is the potter that forms us as clay, and he knits us together in the womb. And so many more, I’m sure. Breathtaking.

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