Tonight while I was exercising, a thought popped into my head, so I chased after it for a little bit. It occurred to me that some of the most beloved people in my life, particularly ones that have passed away, I see all the time in other people. You know what I mean. He reminds me of this person, and she reminds me of that person. Many times I’m reminded of good things, and sometimes I’m reminded of not so good things. But in any case, I see those qualities in other people because of a deeper relationship I had with someone else.
I see them in other people because I knew them. Sometimes I’ll catch a glimpse of my daddy in different people I meet. At other times and in other people I see my sisters. I know them well, so when they show up in others, my radar pings quickly.
Don’t you think that if we know Jesus, we’ll be quick to see him in others? I’m staggered by how myopic Christians can be. We can be awfully quick to see a problem; to identify the sins; to notice the absence of fruit. May I suggest that we do so because we are way more prepared to find problems than anything else. May I also suggest that if we are quick to find error it probably means that we don’t know Jesus all that well?
I only have one verse to share with you.
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
The only way you will know Jesus is to keep your eyes fixed on him. Consequently, the only way for you to see him in other people, is if you actually know him in the first place. When you start seeing him in others, then you can say with some confidence that you actually know him. And I believe if you see Jesus in your brother first, when you see the flaws, you’ll notice that they’re covered in crimson just like yours.