Through God's Eyes

And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites.
Luke 21:1-2

Jesus is at the temple encountering many people; some rich, some poor, some dealing with serious issues. In verse 2, scripture makes it a
point that Jesus saw a certain poor widow putting in two very small copper coins into the temple treasury.

When we see people at church, do we just say hello and “God Bless you” as we shake their hands and walk on by? How many times do we
pass by people and fail to see the hurt? Are we so preoccupied in our own concerns, our own selfishness that we don’t see the pain and
suffering in others? Do we listen to them intently or do we just hear them without giving it any thought? Do we focus on the person and what
they may be going through or are we focused on what we are doing? When we look at them, encounter them, do we really see them?

Jesus really saw people. When He encountered someone, He saw their needs. They became His priority. His eyes even found the invisible
ones whom everyone else overlooked, such as the poor widow who gave two coins. Jesus Loved everyone He met and we are called to be
Christ like. The first act of love is to open our eyes and truly see those around us. It means setting aside our own agenda for a moment – and
that isn’t easy. But it is the only way to find out what and whom we are missing.

Jesus Style

Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: 1 Peter 3:8
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