If I asked you to describe yourself, what words come to mind? Tall? Good cook? Outgoing? Student? Grandparent? Woman? Gardener?
The possibilities are endless really! We can find so many ways to describe ourselves and others, but which adjectives actually matter to God? We have gotten pretty good at labeling people and then judging them based on those labels, so it might be good to think about how God describes us.
In Galatians, Paul makes it pretty clear that God sees us as being in one of two groups. We are either lost and in need of a Savior or a redeemed child of God. That’s the label God cares about. So why is it often the last thing we consider when we describe ourselves or others? Matthew 9:36 (NLT) tells us how Jesus saw those who did not know Him. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Jesus, who is righteous Himself, saw lost people with compassion. How much more should we, who cannot achieve righteousness on our own, show that same compassion? In a world so full of division, we should rejoice with our brothers and sisters in the Lord that we have hope in Jesus! That hope is what offers unity. We cannot achieve unity without God’s truth and righteousness. When we put our hope in the things of this world, we go right back to acting confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Let’s focus on God’s righteousness, His truth—the only real truth—and walk in hope with our brothers and sisters so we can together offer that hope to a lost and hurting world!
What are you allowing to define you? How are you defining others? Ask God to give you His eyes for the world.