God’s View of Us

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When God looks at you, what does He really see?

No, wait. Strike that. Let’s try it this way: Does what you do every day affect the way God sees you? Yes, that’s a little better.  God’s opinion… yes, God’s opinion of me.  Does what I do change God’s opinion of me?  OK, that’s the question i want to ask, so here goes…

Does what I do change God’s opinion of me?  No, darn, that’s still not quite right… Oh!, right, you don’t care about God’s opinion of me, you care about God’s opinion of you!  Right, OK this is the real question… ready? Quiet on the set, roll camera and……. ACTION!

Do the things we do change God’s opinion of us?

Anybody have a guess?  Ah, you all have an answer to that when you go on “knowledge” mode, and that answer is “No!”

The problem is that we normally don’t really believe the answer that we would give in Sunday school! God knows all, so He must remember all.  If He can do that, He can have a spreadsheet in His head, sort of a ledger, and He can see which way things are going, debits and credits and balances. No doubt, he has a tally of our average daily balances, and when we screw up too much, He is ticked off at us and sends trouble our way… and the only way we can get back in favor is by working, serving and sacrificing… getting our accounts back in the black; paying off our overdrafts…

Obviously.

The only problem is… that isn’t the way God thinks… that’s the way we think.

When God looks at us, what he sees are His dear children. He sees the ones for whom Jesus died, because of His great and immeasurable love. He doesn’t see our sins, for if we are in Christ, our sins are gone… yes, they are GONE as in not anywhere to be seen. Well, you ask, “What does God see when He looks at those who are mot in Christ? Ah, yes, a very astute question, dear reader!  What He sees are His dear little ones for whom Jesus died; lost, confused and in need of mercy… so He nudges one of us to go and tell that person (or persons) about the love of Jesus Christ, and Jesus called this “making disciples.” When God looks upon our brother or sister in Christ who needs help in their understanding, or who is hurting for one reason or another, He nudges one of us to help, teach, nurture and or just to love the other Christian; to help him or her along their journey, and Jesus called this “making disciples” also.

We who are in Christ are built up into a Body, a community of love, faith and brotherhood for a purpose, and Jesus called it “making disciples.” You might ask for some clarification of terms here, asking something like, “Hey, what’s all this about making disciples all the time; I thought we were supposed to be loving each other, not doing some project!? ” So many see it that way until they come to realize that to love one another and to make disciples are the same thing; “love” is the What, and “make disciples” is the How, and Jesus gave us a three-year course on what this looks like.

This is another indication of how awesome our Lord really is… He didn’t just save us from sin and death and turn us loose in the wilderness to wander around lost, not sure of what to do or where to go, He gave us instruction as to exactly where to go and what to do: Love your brother and make disciples… do exactly what He did.  This is not to earn favor in His eyes, for you already have it.  It is to share His gift with others, so you will have real and concrete purpose, becoming part of God’s Purpose, which is by far the greatest gift of all.

Thanks to “Bargo” for the photo!

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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21 Responses to God’s View of Us

  1. Little Monk says:

    How easy it is for us to forget “God’s timing” in all this.

    There’s “us” (Christians)… and “them” (sinners), right? And WE are “children of God”, and God loves US… and THEY are “sons of perdition” and God feels… well, He just doesn’t feel the same about THEM, right?

    Makes sense, doesn’t it?

    Yeah, well. It may make “sense”, but it just isn’t how God seems to be wired.

    But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

    “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?” Luke 15:4

    We love, because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19.

    How easy it is for us to forget “God’s timing” in all this.

    Grace — LM

  2. paulfg says:

    When God looks at you, what does He really see?

    No, wait. Strike that. Let’s try it this way: Does what you do every day affect the way God sees you? “666 more words”

    Don – in a very light-hearted way: the bit in speech marks caught my eye!! 🙂

  3. TJ Petri says:

    We have a hard time understanding unconditional love and grace. Understanding Grace is the key to wanting to serve, not serving to get Grace.
    Well said – good post!
    TjP
    http://www.dontlabelmykid.com

      • TJ Petri says:

        You are welcome. Did you happen to catch my post on why the cross of Christ offends people ?
        Its on here or on my blog. I would like to see if you agree.
        TjP
        http://www.dontlabelmykid.com

        • Don Merritt says:

          If you mean “Why the Cross Irritates Millions of People” yes, i agree with you, and in fact I’ve cited that very thing for many years as evidence that Jesus is just who he claimed to be!

          • TJ Petri says:

            Wow. How interesting. that very fact was a major part of my coming to Christ. It is just simple evidence that the Holy Spirit is alive and well, or else it would not have the impact that it does on non-believers.
            Thanks for responding-
            TjP

            • Don Merritt says:

              You bet, it was a “wow” for me years ago when a guy I knew who was a Buddhist hit his thumb with a hammer by accident and immediately cursed the name of Jesus. There is power in that Name of names!

              • TJ Petri says:

                Yes! You don’t often hear people scream the name of Buddha or thor, or mohammed when they are in trouble. You are the first person in 20 years of talking with people about my faith that has picked that up. The fact that the name above all names causes distress in non-believers makes much sense since the prince of darkness has this world for a time, and that spirit does not agree or welcome the Holy Spirit at all!
                The defensiveness is often hostile too, which just adds to the case..the enemy really wants to take as many down with him as he can. That for sure.
                TjP

  4. Steve B says:

    Mat 23:13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in.
    Mat 23:14 [Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses and for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore you will receive the greater condemnation.]
    Mat 23:15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.
    Mat 23:16 “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.’
    Mat 23:17 You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that has made the gold sacred?
    Mat 23:18 And you say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by the gift that is on the altar, he is bound by his oath.’
    Mat 23:19 You blind men! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift sacred?

    Eze 2:3 And he said to me, “Son of man, I send you to the people of Israel, to nations of rebels, who have rebelled against me. They and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day.
    Eze 2:4 The descendants also are impudent and stubborn: I send you to them, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD.’
    Eze 2:5 And whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house) they will know that a prophet has been among them.

    Eze 8:8 Then he said to me, “Son of man, dig in the wall.” So I dug in the wall, and behold, there was an entrance.
    Eze 8:9 And he said to me, “Go in, and see the vile abominations that they are committing here.”
    Eze 8:10 So I went in and saw. And there, engraved on the wall all around, was every form of creeping things and loathsome beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel.
    Eze 8:11 And before them stood seventy men of the elders of the house of Israel, with Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan standing among them. Each had his censer in his hand, and the smoke of the cloud of incense went up.
    Eze 8:12 Then he said to me, “Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel are doing in the dark, each in his room of pictures? For they say, ‘The LORD does not see us, the LORD has forsaken the land.'”
    Eze 8:13 He said also to me, “You will see still greater abominations that they commit.”
    Eze 8:14 Then he brought me to the entrance of the north gate of the house of the LORD, and behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz.
    Eze 8:15 Then he said to me, “Have you seen this, O son of man? You will see still greater abominations than these.”
    Eze 8:16 And he brought me into the inner court of the house of the LORD. And behold, at the entrance of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men, with their backs to the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east, worshiping the sun toward the east.
    Eze 8:17 Then he said to me, “Have you seen this, O son of man? Is it too light a thing for the house of Judah to commit the abominations that they commit here, that they should fill the land with violence and provoke me still further to anger? Behold, they put the branch to their nose.
    Eze 8:18 Therefore I will act in wrath. My eye will not spare, nor will I have pity. And though they cry in my ears with a loud voice, I will not hear them.”

  5. Steve B says:

    BTW Don I am not suggesting in any way that you are any of the above. I am just stating that the view you posted isn’t that simple.

  6. vwoods1212 says:

    I keep asking God at periods of meditation: show me how I look in your eyes. Gosh when you ask, be ready for what you get shown:)

  7. Steve B says:

    Don’s original question was, “What is God’s opinion of us”. The first answer Don gave was the way we think is not the way God thinks which I think was a good answer. However the 2nd part needs clarification I think.
    God loves us that much is clear. God loves all His creation and as John tells us God is Love. That is His nature. However it is not a sort of Love that the world and even the vast majority of Christians believe Love is. It is not Love based on emotions but on the Will. God’s love is based on doing the right thing – righteousness and justice if you like. It is not sentimental. God’s Love is based on what is the BEST for that person or situation.
    So God loves us no matter what we do or think and that goes for Christians and non – Christians. It still doesn’t answer what God’s opinion of us is. I gave the not so nice bible verses earlier to show that God has a very low opinion of some people but He still would have loved them. Paul wrote to the Corinthians.

    1Co 11:28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
    1Co 11:29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.
    1Co 11:30 That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.
    1Co 11:31 But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged.
    1Co 11:32 But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.

    How do we examine or judge ourselves? We could start with the 9 fruits of the spirit.
    Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
    Gal 5:23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

    Love 6/10, Joy 3/10, Peace 7/10, Patience 9/10 (driving a car in traffic takes 1 mark off), Kindness 7/10, Goodness 9/10, Faithfulness 6/10, Gentleness 8/10 & Self-Control 6/10. Would this be God’s opinion of me – I think it would be close. In the bible we are told.

    1Co 3:12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw–
    1Co 3:13 each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.
    1Co 3:14 If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward.
    1Co 3:15 If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

    God’s opinion of us will be manifest in the rewards (if any) we receive in the end. Coming to Christ we are already rewarded with Eternal Life but that is only the beginning. God’s opinion of us is also grounded in 1Co 4:1 This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
    1Co 4:2 Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.

    We all receive some gift(s) or talent(s), although my gift seems to be to upset people, and we are stewards of those gifts. If we do not use them like the bad steward in the parables then we will suffer loss. Even if we do not use them to capacity we will suffer some loss. We may still get a sort of good and faithful servant type reward. God’s opinion of us can be tied up with how much does He trust us. God trusted Job with his faithfulness so much that he gave permission for Satan to do anything but kill him. Job came through with flying colours. God trusted Job and that trust was repaid. How much does God trust me & you.
    The higher the trust the better opinion God has of you and can boast to Satan – There is no one like Him.

    • Don Merritt says:

      Come on Steve, there really isn’t a gift of upsetting people! No, but I strongly suspect that you have the prophet’s gift, and that does upset people!!

      I might take issue with your point that the 2nd part of the post needs some clarification. In fact, it needs no clarification at all, since it accurately and concisely represents my belief in this matter, and that is precisely what gets posted here! 🙂 Of course with that said, I also welcome other views, challenges and thoughts for the purpose of the edification of the Body, including myself, and you have added a thought out and detailed representation of your slightly differing views, and I sincerely thank you for it.

      I hope that everyone will give your thoughts and citations careful consideration and draw the conclusions that Lord leads tham to.

      Thank you, Steve for the time and effort you’ve put into sharing !

  8. Steve B says:

    Sorry about “clarification”. Wasn’t sure which word was the best to use. Maybe “add to” would have been better.

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