We are all created in the image of God and when we learn to see ourselves with the potential God sees in us, He gives us the ability to see it in others! And then—we learn to encourage others to become ALL that they can be for His glory. I’d like to illustrate how God does this—though a recent event in my life.
About a year ago, a young man come see me in the office, and for the sake of confidentiality we’ll call him “Mike.” Mike was in trouble with the law and wanted me to represent him. However, during our conversation, the Holy Spirit, laid upon me the urge to make sure he knew Christ. I could tell he wasn’t ready, but God told me to plan the seed anyway. Like all my clients, I challenged him and told him I wouldn’t represent him unless he put together what I call a “Jesus Plan.” He was honest with me and declined my representation because he wasn’t ready “to do the Jesus thing.” I prayed with him and he left.
Almost a year later, I was talking with a close relative of his and she told me that Mike wasn’t doing so well. He’d been sitting in jail for over a month and was being abused. He was scared. I told her that if she happened to talk to Mike and he wanted a “Jesus visit,” to let me know and I’d pray about arranging it. A few days later she texted me and said he very much wanted me to visit him.
By no small miracle, I was able to visit him within days. The day was special. I had a lot to do, but the strongest voice I heard was the Spirit—telling me to go see him. There we sat, in a room the size of a small closet, looking at each other through plexiglass and God’s Spirit confirmed—Mike was ready. As we talked, Mike, as a way to convince himself that he knew God, told me of the way He had answered his prayers. I listened. Finally, I said, “you know that even the devil believes God is real—right? Then I asked: “Do you remember a time when you asked Jesus to come into your heart and you gave your life to Him, because that’s an eternal transaction?” He said he didn’t, but—he was ready now. Right there, with our fingers touching through the small slit in the plexiglass, we prayed, and when we were done he said with a huge grin: “Today, October 3, 2020 is the day I accepted Christ.” I knew he would never forget it.
I won’t either—there was nothing more important I did on that day.
Sadly, the old Kimberly would have never made it to the jail, because before Jesus became my greatest love, I was way too judgmental and busy to care about anyone by “my own” people—whatever that means. You see, when we give our whole heart to God, He transforms us and gives us the ability to see across economic, racial, social, political or national barriers. We people as see as God does. As an artist can look at a blot on a canvas and envision what it will become, God doesn’t just see our sin and failure; He sees the beauty of one created in His Image. His sacrifice is proof of His belief. If we allow Him, He will transform us to believe in others the way He believes in us!
God saw us as we were dead in our sins, but gave His Son so we could become all He envisioned. He saw past our sinful heart and saw the potential for goodness He created in us. The Bible says: “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked…and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.” (Ephesians 2)
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