My daughter, Anna (6), was telling me a story she had heard about a little girl and some boys. ‘Do you know what those boys did, dad? This will make you cry, dad!’ Her brown eyes welled up, and she said, ‘They threw rocks at her. One rock hit her in the head!’
Seeing through her eyes, my heart did break. How far I have fallen! What I saw in Anna’s eyes was the true heart of God. When Jesus saw the people – you and me – he was ‘filled with compassion’, he saw us as ‘harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd.’ (Mt 9:36) When Jesus looked out over his people – you and me – he wept because he longed for us to have peace. (Lk 19:42)
'Jesus said, ‘unless you become like a child, you cannot enter the Kingdom of God.’ (Mt 18:3)
Do you see Jesus with the eyes of a child? Does your own sin grieve you because it grieves him? Does his death and resurrection break you and call you to him?
If we truly see ourselves as Jesus sees us, we repent of our sin and follow him. If we see others as Jesus sees them, it would make us cry, and we would ‘pray’ for Jesus to reach to them… (Mt 9:38)