How Do You Want God To See You?

We see ourselves as self-sufficient, self-important and self-sustaining. God sees us as dependent, self-centred, and self-deceived. 

– Billy Graham.

Perceptions are relative. One can say he or she is a good person, while in the eyes of others he or she is not. Take in an instance, Adolf Hitler some Germans of that time would say he was a good leader. For the reason that he made Germany powerful, for a while. Yet, if you ask any Jewish how they see Hitler, they will tell you that he is an evil man. Now, reflect on how God sees you?

Bible Reading

Today’s devotional reading is from the Book of Nehemiah 5:19. Please, read our recent devotional from the Book of Job 5:8-9: To Whom Do You Commit Your Challenges In Life?

The Reality Of How God Sees Us

For me, Billy Graham has nailed the description of how God sees us. Our sins have blinded us of who we are really in the eyes of our Creator. Nehemiah understood this when he said, think upon me, my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this people (Nehemiah 5:19). 

This was not a command to God to count his good works, rather a plea to remember him. Nehemiah knew that God is sovereign, rewards the good and punishes the evil. Moreover, for those who walk in the light, God keeps (1 John 1:7). It is not our good works that God sees, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). So how does God sees us?

God Sees Us Through…

Isaiah wrote, but we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). This is indeed true and was brought about by our sins. But despite our transgressions, God sees us as His beloved creation that needed to be saved. Hence, He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). 

The keyword on the verse is to believe. When we believe and put our faith in Jesus, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17). And what God sees is the righteousness of His Son, imputed to us.

Reflection

This is the time for your journaling. Reflect on these questions. Ask the Holy Spirit to test your faith and your walk with Christ.

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? — 2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV.
  1. How do you see yourself?
  2. Do you think God sees you the way you see yourself?
  3. What are you going to do to change how God sees you?
  4. Have you accepted Jesus’ offer of His righteousness? Accept Jesus Now.

Prayer

Our righteous God, Holy above holy. Thank you for extending your righteousness to us through your Son, Jesus Christ. O Lord, Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Redeemer. We thank you for the gift of salvation and eternal life. May the Holy Spirit continuously lead us and reprove our ways, that way we will be pleasing to God the Father.

We pray for the people who do not know you or refuse to believe in you. Send us, your believers, to minister unto them. Let your light and love be shown to them through the life of your believers. That we are sinners yet you paid the ransom for us to be free of the wages of our sins and in gratitude we do serve You, Lord.

We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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