Welcome to 2.20.20, my son’s 8th birthday and a very interesting set of numbers, indeed. How can we in 2020 see 20/20?
The Perspective That Clears Your Vision
There is a perspective that gives perspective. It is a way of seeing that creates true vision. Only when we learn to see the world through God’s perspective can we truly see.
God Longs To Dwell With Us
God sees a very good world that He has created gone rogue. Throughout the storyline of Scripture we see the perfect, infinite Creator longing to dwell with the people He created and making a way to be close to them and to allow them to participate in His mission.
In the beginning, He dwelt with His people. He walked with Him. He was their King and Treasure. All of creation was perfect and good. But He didn’t make people robots to say, “i love you” every time He pushed a button on their shoulder. Love is not love if it has no choice. He gave them the choice to love or not.
But His people chose the not. They rejected Him as their Lord and as their highest treasure and good. From then on, we see God restoring people’s ability to dwell with Him. From the call of Abraham to Mount Sinai. From the pillar of cloud by day to the pillar of fire by night. From the building of the Tabernacle to the building of the Temple. From the incarnation of a baby born in a manger to the answers of God’s promises fulfilled of the Promised King to reign on David’s throne forever. From the cross to the grave, from the grave to the sky, to the coming of the Holy Spirit to indwell believers. From His preparing a place for all who long to dwell with Him to Him returning to take them Home. From walking away from God to walking with Him forever. God longs to dwell with His people. He has made a way. He invites and empowers us to engage in His mission.
When we see God clearly and people clearly, we can live our lives with purpose.
We Regard No One From A Worldly Point of View
Christ-followers are not cowards or people pleasers. They view each person as a unique, beautiful creation of the infinite, infinitely-good God who loves them so much He made a way for them to dwell with Him forever.
For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin[b] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:14-21
In 2020, may we each ask God to help us see 20/20. He can help us see the world through His eyes, with love, compassion, and urgency.
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
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