I’m talking about the people we work with, go to school with, live with…they sit next to us on the plane…they are the people who irritate us in the grocery store.
What if we looked past the human dirt and searched for the gold?
When I say, gold, I’m not just talking about seeing the good in people. I’m talking about seeing the Father’s intention for them and calling it forth.
I’ve noticed that this is what Jesus did all the time, especially with the throwaway people of His day. His culture saw dirt; He saw gold.
Jesus was always in the moment, always looking through His Father’s eyes, seeing past their woundedness, their failures, disappointments and cynicism. He was ever calling them up instead of out, bringing them heaven’s light in the midst of their darkest hell.
Can we see past what we see and dare to look into God’s high calling for them? I’m asking myself this because most of the time I’m not doing so well at it. Most of the time I’m not even thinking this way.
What would you and I have done in Jesus’ strict Jewish culture with those we were supposed to shun? Would we have even talked to the Samaritan woman–a five-time divorcée who was currently shacking up with her boyfriend? What would we have said to her as a devout first century Jew under the Law of Moses?
How would you and I have handled that word of knowledge about her current marital state? Would it be used to expose her darkness and bring shame or reveal light and bring freedom and destiny?
Jesus chose to reveal light and a whole city was won over to Him (John 4:1-42). Just a thought.
How would you and I have handled the woman caught in adultery in a culture where our Law demands she be stoned? (Lev.20:10; John 8:1-12). Would we use it to bring life or bring death?
Would we have picked a culturally despised tax collector like Levi to change the world, calling out who he was before he was?
Would you and I have fully accepted and loved the very man who we knew would betray us?
It’s easy to read these stories with biblical hindsight, through our cultural lens 2,000 years after the fact. We applaud His grace for these throwaways. But I wonder how I would’ve responded in the same situations.
I also wonder if Jesus would even be accepted in many of our churches behaving like this. Would He be accepted in my church?
After all, this is what His own people said of Him, “‘Here is a gluttonous man, a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’” (Matt.11:19).
Of course, Jesus also looked past the religious veneer of His day and saw hypocrisy and malice in the people who were supposed to be representing His Father’s Kingdom (Matt.23). What would He say to the religious veneer of our day?
My point is this. What if we weren’t so much like fruit inspectors, but more like prospectors panning for gold?
I really appreciate what Kris Vallotton has brought to the prophetic community in this regard. As he says, anyone can see people’s junk. That takes no prophetic insight whatsoever. What takes Holy Spirit revelation is calling out their potential in Christ.
What takes prophetic insight is calling out the gold still hidden in their dirt.
Something else Kris Valloton said. “The Cross is a value statement. Only a fool pays such a high price for nothing. We’ve been been seeing God through the wrong lens.”
We have been evaluating people through the wrong lens. We need to see through our Father’s eyes, though His evaluation. For He paid the highest price for those people we so easily condemn and dismiss. He thought every person in this world was worth Jesus (John 3:16). And if the Father places such high value on them, who are we to diminish that value?
So, I return to my original question. Can you and I do what Jesus did all the time–that is, can we look past the human dirt and search out the precious gold in people?
What would happen if we asked the Lord what good thing He sees in every person we came into contact with?
Just some thoughts I’ve been processing lately.