When you see others through the eyes of Christ, you’ll discover them to be “everlasting splendors” who Jesus invites into co-rulership with Him forever.
I’m praying that, post-pandemic, we will never look at people the same. The social isolation has awakened not only spiritual thirst for God but also human thirst for companionship. Perhaps we are learning to see human beings more like God does.
People are infinitely valuable because they are eternal. The offer of the Gospel isn’t simply a ticket to Heaven—it is an invitation to rule forever with Christ in a new heaven and new earth.
In Matthew 19:28, Jesus shared a stunning picture with the disciples:
“Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
When Jesus looks at you, He doesn’t see what you have been—He sees what you will be. Everyone in Christ is destined to reign with Christ. Our petty bickering, festering frustrations and insecure jabs would all be solved by a new vision of the majesty of human beings.
C.S. Lewis made this point poignantly: ““There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors. (C.S Lewis, The Weight of Glory)
Jesus looks on every lost person as a potential co-ruler. Jesus looks on you, Christian, as a co-heir, seated with Him in the heavenlies and destined to reign forever with Him.
If you’re frustrated with someone near you, ask Jesus to give you His vision of that person. With Jesus’ eyes, you’ll see even the most exasperating people as “no mere mortal.” Every human being is infinitely valuable because every human being is made for eternity. And that’s the Gospel!