Seeing then serving
'Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, "Look at us!"' Acts 3:4 NIV
How many people do we see in one day? Probably quite a few. But how often do we stop and take the time to see those people through God's eyes? To see their needs
The apostles Peter and John saw a paralysed man lying at the gate. The Bible tells us that this man lay there every day. But this particular time, when he asked for money, Peter and John truly saw him. 'Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, "Look at us"' (Acts 3:4 NIV)! Peter and John realised that this man's need was greater than the money he was asking for. They knew he needed healing. 'Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man's feet and ankles became strong' (Acts 3:7 NIV). Peter and John saw beyond what this man was asking for and met his real need.
When we meet someone, we need to see beyond the mask they may have put on, see them through God's eyes, and ask God to show us how we can help them. The Bible says: 'If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person' (1 John 3:17 NIV)? To show God's love to others, we need to see them and then serve them.
So what now? Listen to the song 'Give Me Your Eyes' by Brandon Heath. Ask God to give you his eyes to see people's needs, and the love to serve them.
Soulfood: 1 Sam 17:4-51 Eph 6:10-18,