How do you see people?
Do you see people as they are or as they could be?
Have you ever had someone believe that you could be somebody or do something that you didn’t think you could be or do?
…Maybe they called out a particular gift they saw in you.
…Maybe they asked you to do a job you did not think you were capable of doing.
When people have called me out in positive ways it has always resulted in growth in my life. If I did not believe in myself then I would borrow their belief in me.
Jesus had a unique way of seeing people.
In the book of Mark chapter 2 Jesus is beginning His ministry and He calls a guy out named Levi. The Bible says that Jesus “saw Levi…sitting at the tax booth, and He said to him, ‘Follow me.’”
Jesus SAW Levi in a way that other religious leaders would never have seen him. Levi was a tax collector. In those days a tax collector was a despised thief of his own people. He would have been picked last for any potential role as a spiritual leader. He would’ve been seen as the worst kind of sinner.
But Jesus SAW him differently.
Like new parents watching their child, Jesus saw, not who he was, but who he could be. Jesus made a huge ask of him. Jesus essentially asked him to completely change his life. Jesus was saying, “leave the tax collecting business…leave everything and follow me.”
Levi would go on to be a world-changing disciple of Jesus Christ and would write the book of Matthew in the New Testament.
Jesus sees you differently than anyone else sees you. He loves you more than your mama.
At some point in time we get stuck with a label of who we are.
Slow. Fat. Dumb. Lazy. Angry. Loser. Just Like Your Mom/Dad. Not popular. Ugly. Pretty. Skinny. Smart. Black. White.
There seems to come a time in our lives when we’ve been told enough who others think we are and we start believing their voices. The people that tell us who we are have great impact for good or for evil in our lives.
Be really careful whom you listen to.
Be reminded today of how Jesus sees you.
He knows you better than anyone and He loves you.
He knows the deepest darkest part of you and He still offers love and forgiveness.
He calls you to be who you can be and not who you are.
The call is the same today as it was in the time of Levi. If you want to be whom Jesus is calling you out to be there are two words that will make all the difference, “Follow Me.”
When you say yes to follow Jesus you are saying “No” to the other voices in your life who are telling you what and who you should be.
You get to choose the voice you will follow.
Today my prayer for you is that you will be able to see how much Jesus loves you. My prayer is that you will also see others, not as their label or their outside, but as Jesus might see them.
Speak life into others! There are some pretty bright lights in this world that may just need an encourager to flip their switch on.