I know you hear it in the back seat of your car:
“Why does he talk so much? Wow, is he ever annoying.”
Hanging out in the kitchen:
“Did you see her cleavage? She is just trying way too hard.”
Coming from the upstairs, little sister asks again, “Can I please hang out with you and your friends?” Your older daughter thinks: “When will she grow up and leave me alone!”
Did Jesus ever struggle like this? Annoyed by where people were at in their lives? Irritated with their short comings?
John 21: 15 – 19 would tell us “no”; love compels him to see them as they will be one day.
When Jesus called Simon he was your average fisherman. Yet, Jesus gave him a new name – Peter. Peter means “rock”. Jesus saw the solid man that Peter would become one day. He saw past the current laborer and past the future guy who would one day deny him three times. What Jesus saw was the Peter who would one day spread the good news of Jesus death for our sins all over Asia and become one of the pillars of the Christian church.
Jesus’ love for Peter allowed him to see past Peter’s shortcomings to the man he would become as he gave up everything to follow Jesus.
His love does the same in you and in your child. He sees the one that you and I are becoming each day. He sees us choose his way over our own. He sees the confident girl, sharing her faith with her actions of love. He believes in the unselfish girl to come, making his name famous by putting others before herself. He looks to the best of who you will become as you allow him to revolutionize your life with his love.
Jesus wants to empower you and your child with this same love to see others the way that he sees them. Envision the chatterbox boy self-assured because he knows he is wanted. See the immodest girl in the lunch room no longer needing to draw attention to herself; she has Jesus’ attention to fill that need. Picture the little sister grown up as a mature woman who has become their best friend.
We need to teach our children:
Jesus sees you as you will be one day; see other’s the same.
The winner from yesterday’s post is Sheila at firstname.lastname@example.org. Congratulations Sheila! Please send me your full name and address and I will send you the signed copy of “His Revolutionary Love” and the Starbuck’s gift card!