Jesus wants me to view others like him. Not as the people who push my buttons or as those who please me and serve me. Rather than judging people based on what they can do or have done to us, view people as those loved by God for whom Jesus died…
14 Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.
I have been thinking about these verses for a couple of days. I find that one of the key traps of the world is the way it sucks us into viewing people from a worldly point of view instead of viewing people as God views them. Remember how everyone viewed Jesus when he started his ministry?
Jesus was viewed as a human. A good teacher. A prophet, perhaps. Yet Jesus was viewed as a man – he was viewed from a worldly point of view. We no longer view Jesus that way. Like Paul in these verses, we have turned the corner on our understanding of Jesus’ identity through his miracles, his death, and his resurrection. Now we view Jesus from a heavenly perspective. He is from God and went back to the Father.
His love compels us. Jesus’ love compels us to consider everyone differently. He died for all, and therefore in him all died. The life we live in faith in Jesus is new life.
Jesus wants me to view others as people for whom he died. Not as the people who push my buttons or get in my way or as those who please me and serve me.
The idea is to not judge people based on what they can do for us or have done to us. Rather, we are to view people as those loved by God and those for whom Jesus gave his life.
Would that change your view of me tomorrow? Or your neighbour? Or your enemy? It should…