Looking Through The Eyes of Love (Mark 10; Jeremiah 24)

“And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, ‘you lack one thing, go, sell all that you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.'” Mk. 10:21

“So many people and so many personalities.”  These words had to have, from time to time, been on the minds of the disciples of Christ.  Each chapter in the gospel of Mark is filled with encounters with people who were at times in radically different places.  But with divine precession, Jesus gets to the heart of the matter in each case.

Think it through:

In Mark 10 Jesus with 5 different circumstances representing 5 different personalities.

1.  In Vs: 1-12, Jesus ministers to Pharisees who have a hard heart.

2.  In Vs: 13-16, Jesus ministers to Disciples who fail to have the heart of a child.

3.  In Vs: 17-31, Jesus deals with a Rich man who is trying to save himself.

4.  In Vs: 35-45, Jesus deals with Disciples who want to lead, but need to be servants.

5.  In Vs: 46-52, Jesus deals with a man who wants to be healed.

In each of these circumstances Jesus ministers with such perfect precession!!!

Question:   “Do you and I handle every circumstance with such precession?”

I wish my answer could be, “Yes.”  But sadly, there are moments when I am like a person shooting at a chipmunk with a scatter gun.

The key to such precession is in looking through the eyes of Jesus.

Jesus spoke with discernment.  He knew exactly what was in men’s hearts (John 2:28).

Jesus spoke with dedication.  He was going to the cross to redeem men’s hearts (Mk. 10:45).

Jesus spoke with direction.  He would give men new hearts (Mk. 10:27).

Our response:

We must become a people who so dedicate ourselves to Jesus, that we can have the mind of Christ (Phil. 2:5).  This mind will then lead us to a discerning spirit that believes God can change the direction of every heart.

Lord, help me to see others through your eyes.

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