SEE.Things Differently

Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.
— John 4:35

Jesus often had a way to turning the disciples' way of thinking on its head. Over and over again, we see the disciples come to an assumption regarding their situation, only to find Jesus enlighten them toward something else.

In John chapter four, we see the remarkable encounter of Jesus and the woman at the well. After this encounter, the disciples are once again left confused. Knowing what they saw, they were yet unable to see what Christ was seeing. It was at this point that Jesus urged them to open their eyes to see what He viewed. 

How often do we allow ourselves to see as Christ sees?

How often do we See Differently?

In the Gospel accounts, we see many occasions where Christ saw something no one else was able to see. Jesus was able to look beyond the current circumstances and see what could be. As leaders, we must be able to keep an eye on the situations ahead of us. We must view life through a different lens. That of the lens of Christ.

It is easy to get bogged down in our current situation. To see only that which we are currently mired in. The struggles, the chores, the perceived failures. But just as Christ urged his disciples to see differently, He is challenging us to do the same. To see in the way He sees. Those same struggles and chores might be opportunities in the eyes of Christ. We can so easily dwell on the tiniest of details, while Christ is begging to enhance our vision of life. 

In order to see differently, we must be able to lift our eyes and see the fields white with harvest. If we can discipline ourselves to see in this manner, the fields will beckon us to come and reap. To do the work of Christ, not as it currently is, but as it can be.