What do think God sees, when He sees you?
Out of the thousands of people who will read this column, I have a sense that many, if not most, may have a negative response to that question and unfortunately some of those are believers in Jesus Christ.
There is a familiar portion of scripture that addresses this question in a profound way that I would like to share with you. It is found in Psalm 42:7 "Deep calls unto deep."
Over the years I have heard this quoted in songs and mentioned in sermons, each time I felt something wonderful in my spirit when it was spoken.
Over the last few months I have studied and ask the Holy Spirit to show me the "depth" of its meaning.
First we must understand deep calling unto deep are the deep things of God calling to the deep things of man. Another way to say this is, the deep things God has placed in you, He is calling to the surface; His image and likeness, His Holy Desire to have communion with you and for you to know your are most welcome in His presence.
Also to bring out your true identity and purpose, which is to walk in and demonstrate His righteous rule on Earth powered by His love.
The word deep in this passage means great, you could say; "The Great I Am is calling you, unto greatness."
It is the Spirit of the living God bypassing all the surface junk in our lives and going directly to our spirit. In part, it is living out John 4:24: "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him mustworship in spirit and truth."
Jesus spoke this to the woman at the well (see John 4:17-18), a woman who had five husbands and the man she was living with was not her husband; a woman with a very bad reputation. I believe the reason for Jesus stating her tainted lifestyle was not to cause her to feel shame, but rather to free her from shame. I believe this was the first time she had a man look her with pure love and not lust, looking past the surface and gazing deep into her spirit and seeing greatness.
It is important to bring out that when she left Him she came back with her entire village. This woman who was looked down upon by many was whom Jesus chose to become the first New Testament Evangelist!
John 4:28-30: The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, "Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?" They went out of the city and came to Him.
"Because of the finished work of the Cross of Jesus Christ, God sees greatness when He sees you, God became what He hated the most, so He could save what He loves the most."
2 Corinthians 5:21: For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Beyond anything else I could ever share with you, I offer you Jesus. Regardless of who you are, or what you've done, God really does love you. He sent His Son who paid the ultimate price for you. He died for your sins, but death could not hold Him. Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ you, too, can have a new and eternal life.
Ask Him into your heart.
Ask Him to heal you, to teach you His ways and to use you to help others.
Welcome to the Kingdom!
Don Sturiano, is pastor of Kingdom Life Christian Church, which meets at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at 825 Ninth St. W., just across from Turner Donuts. Information: 941-776-0026. Faith Matters is a regular feature of Saturday's Herald, written by local clergy members.