Have you ever looked at a place where you were at and said “Oh gosh this place looks awful”?
Now have you ever seen a place that you said “Oh my gosh this place is beautiful/amazing!”
Now what if I told you that both places are the same.
Yes, they have their differences but there are a few core things that make them similar.
Both places are filled with the Glory of God.
In Isaiah 6:3 it says: The whole earth is filled with the glory of God!
That doesn’t mean just the pretty places in nature, or the architecturally beautiful cities, but that means the even the ‘bad parts of town’ the run-down places all have God’s glory on them.
Think of it this way. When the snow falls, it doesn’t just fall on some parts of the city and not others. It covers everything. Same is with God’s glory.
The question is, do we see it that way?
All humans are made in the image of God. We are one of the major displays of God’s glory! The things we make also can bring God glory as well. The telephone lines help us to keep in contact with each other, the electric poles help us to be comfortable and warm. The houses give people a place to lay their head down, the streets give a way for transportation.
It’s true that some places are easier to see the beauty but the question is what are we seeing? Are we seeing the gold? Are we seeing the potential? Are we loving the places we are in?
The same is with people. Each person is a part of God’s image. What do you see? Do you only see the outside or do you take the time to look for the gold underneath?
Jesus came to the whole world, he sat with the tax collectors, spoke to the adulterers, and died for each and every one of us with all the things we have done. Was he able to do all of this because he was incapable of seeing all the dirt and muck? No, he did it in spite of it. He saw the dirt and said, I see the gold. I see the glory of heaven on this place, on this person. They deserve more than what they have and I want to help them get all they were made to have.
So, the question I have for us to ponder is: Do you see the gold in those around you? Do you take the time to see the treasure that is inside, looking deeper? Do you have a love for your city? For those around you?
Let’s ask for the eyes of Jesus. It will brighten the world.
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