September 12, 2012

“But that the works of God should be revealed in him.” – John 9:3

Potential, Jesus always seemed to see it in others. How bout you? What do you see in others?

Jesus had an uncanny ability to look past the obvious flaws in people’s lives and envision who they could become IF the power of God were released in their lives.

He somehow saw the potential hiding inside men, whether it was a blind man or someone like Simon Peter the rough fisherman or James and John who were known as the son’s of thunder. Or consider Zacchaeus, the crooked tax collector. Jesus could see what nobody else seemed to see. The fact is Jesus looked past surface stuff to see what God could do in their life! Jesus truly believed in the power of God to transform lives. Regardless of what these men and others would say or do, Jesus looked past both comments and actions, knowing that His Father had the power to change them from the inside out! [Some of the content from this paragraph comes from Bill Hybels book Just a Walk Across the Room]

When you see another person what do you see potential, or just the surface? Let’s take it another step. When you’re being waited on at a restaurant by someone who is obviously having a bad day how do you respond? Or how about the neighbor who has irritated you for years because of the way they don’t keep their yard up to “the standard.” How do you view them? Clearly these are examples of just “surface stuff” and we already know how Jesus handled the surface stuff.

So what will be your response; Retaliation, Disgust? Or will you see this person as an opportunity to look beyond the surface and engage them with the gospel to work that transforming miracle in their life – just as Jesus did for you?

– Article contributed by Tim Chastain, Director of Men’s Teams for the Master’s Men ministry.