The Power of the Cross to Transform our Values

“From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

In today’s world, technology companies stand to gain the most with their creative gadgetry and clever gizmos. But they also risk the most because people’s tastes and interests change almost at breakneck speed. If the companies do not keep up, they may self-destruct before our very eyes. Sometimes people’s values seem to change almost as quick.

When God saved us, He changed our values. Once we lived for the world and all the pleasures it offered (Ephesians 2:1-2; 1 Peter 4:3). But now we live for Him. Similarly, we no longer should see people as we once did. Think of it, who did you admire when you weren’t walking with God? Most often we admired the rich and famous of this world; those who garnered the most attention through their talent or money.

But God does not look at the outward appearance:

“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart’ ” (1 Samuel 16:7).

Similarly, God’s thought are not our thoughts:

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).

Once we become God’s child, we begin to take on the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). Now we start to see people as God does. They are sheep without a shepherd (Mark 6:34), and we need to look at them as the harvest (Matthew 9:37).

Do not look at people the way they appear, but rather how they one day may be. Paul understood the world and how evil it had become. But he reminded the believers at Corinth “and such were some of you” (1 Corinthians 6:11). Others can also be changed through God’s power, and He can use us to reach them.

Aren’t you glad God didn’t quit on you and leave you to pursue your own interests? When others may have given up on you, God didn’t. We should not give up on other people because God can transform them as He did us.

Pray that God would give us eyes to see people as He does, and not as we want to see them. We need to ask Him to fill our minds and hearts with love that reaches out to those He puts in our path.

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