What do think God sees, when He sees you?
Out of the thousands of people who will read this article, 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 address 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, and each time I felt something wonderful in my spirit when it was spoken. Over that last few months, I have studied and ask the Holy Spirit to show me the "depth" of its meaning.
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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 the earth powered by His love.
The word deep in this passage means great: "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 must worship 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 be free from shame. I believe perhaps 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, 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 on by many, was whom Jesus chose to become the first New Testament evangelist!
"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?' Then they went out of the city and came to Him" (John 4:28-30).
Long before Tony the Tiger said it, it was the Creator of the Universe who called you great.
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations" (Jeremiah 1:5).
This is what HE sees, when He sees you.
Don Sturiano, is pastor of Kingdom Life Christian Church, which meets at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at 825 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Call 941-776-0026 or visit www.kingdomlifechristianchurch.org for more information.