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Having God’s Eyes
Anyone who has ever been a part of a family business knows that you can never just see things the way customers or clients do – you see so much more. Your eyes become attuned to what’s missing, what’s working, what’s not working, what could be better, what needs cleaning, what needs organization, what needs revamping etc. Jesus Himself, at the young age of 12 years old, used the term, his “Father’s business” when explaining to his earthly mother and father why he stayed behind in Jerusalem after the Passover feast, rather than following his family out of the city to go back home. Jesus said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about my Father’s business?” (Luke 2:49 NKJV) However, the word “business” that Jesus uses has nothing to do with a physical product, sales, profits etc., but rather, it has to do with the will of God and His Kingdom.
Throughout the New Testament scriptures of the Bible, Jesus constantly talks about the Kingdom of God, what the Father is like, and how the prophets in the Old Testament spoke about him. Not only that, Jesus often followed his preaching and teaching with signs and wonders, in other words, with miracles! Wherever Jesus went, he was aware of God’s will. No matter who he was with, he reflected the heart of the Father. Everywhere Jesus went, the Kingdom of God followed. He was about His Father’s business, even when it meant giving up His life for us on the cross, dealing with the issue of sin in our lives and setting us free from its bondage. Jesus has given us an amazing example of what it means to see situations and people the way God sees them, and this didn’t end with him, rather, this continued through his disciples. God is calling us as believers in Jesus Christ to do the same.
This past weekend Pastor Dave preached on Acts 3 and the divine appointment Peter and John had with a man by the temple gate called, Beautiful, who was unable to walk since birth and was begging for money on a daily basis. Peter and John were on their way to pray at the temple as they normally would at 3 pm in the afternoon and they could have simply passed by the man at the gate, but they stopped and looked straight at the man. You see, Peter and John decided some time ago to believe in Jesus, and they knew they were a part of the family of God; therefore, they would be about their Father’s business just as Jesus was. They were attentive to God’s will because they knew the scriptures of the Bible, they had been with Jesus, and they had been in prayer. Peter and John knew that it was God’s will for the man, who was begging, to know the love of Jesus and for him to experience the Kingdom of God in his life. What could have been a passing moment or a typical day in the life of being Jew, was made extraordinary because Peter and John were about their Father’s business, having God’s eyes to see the world and the people around them. They were looking and ready to engage with their surroundings, believing for God’s Kingdom to come and for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).