Transformed 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” (2 Corinthians 5:16).

In writing 2 Corinthians, the Apostle Paul spelled out the need for a changed life (5:17). Some of his readers had apparently measured the worth of an individual based on his or her worldly accomplishments. But Paul urged them to see people from a different perspective: God’s.

We tend to praise people based on their worldly accomplishments. Sometimes we think that just because someone has climbed the worldly ladder of success, they should be adored. But God wants us to see people in a different light. We need to judge people based on their spiritual condition. People are either saved or lost. Look at how Paul viewed his past:

“Circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith” (Philippians 3:5-9).

He once supposed he stood in a right relationship with God. He piled up all kinds of religious accomplishments. He worked hard, but came to recognize it was all for nothing. When God opened his heart and revealed Christ to him, it changed the way he viewed himself and others. He need Christ, and so did others.

When we look at people through God’s eyes, we begin to see them differently. We see people who need a relationship with Christ. It moves our heart to pray for them and seek opportunities to speak to them. Perhaps we once viewed them as either successes or failures, but now none of that matters any longer. What matters is whether they know Christ.

Application

  1. Ask God to show you the spiritual needs of others.
    Everyone has needs, but their most crucial need is to know Christ. Without a relationship with Christ, people have no hope.
  2. Ask God to stir up a spirit of compassion for those outside of Christ.
    Only God can change a heart, and we need to feel compassion for those without a shepherd.
  3. Look for opportunities to share Christ’s love with others.
    Most Christians will admit they need to walk in a Christ like manner. But we first need the heart of Christ. He cared for others, and set out to do as much good as He could (see John 21:25; Acts 10:38).

Once we thought in a worldly way, as others think. But now we need the mind of Christ, and need to see the spiritual needs of those we see every day.

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