The one question that every child hears repeatedly is hardly ever asked of adults. “What do you want to be when you get older?” We wait in anticipation for a child to answer as we envision the blossoming potential of their young minds and hearts. Perhaps you can remember those moments of your life. Graduations. Conversations with relatives. Coffee with Mentors. Dreaming with peers. In all of them, potential hung over you like moisture in the air. You couldn’t help but feel it, breathe it in, and be affected by the hope it whispered to your heart.
But at some point, children grow up and cross an invisible line. People stop asking what you are going to be and start assuming about who you are. Instead of a blank slate stretched out in front of you, there is a resume behind you. And even if you are proud of some of the accomplishments it carries, it still dictates much of what people expect of your future.
Want to embark on a new adventure? Well, let’s just take a look at how the last one turned out.
Step out into a new field? Hmmmm, have you been trained for that?
Stretch your wings? Do you have any experience in that area?
Make some new relationships. What do you have to bring to the table?
All of us, whether we like it or not, struggle to see past the periphery of our vision. Anything else would be unnatural. We can only see what we can see. Experience teaches us what to expect from people, how to summarize their potential, whether or not to bank our hopes on anything changing.
People are limited to resumes when sizing up the future.
God, on the other hand, lives outside of time. The past and the future are both within His scope of sight. Beyond His eternal perspective, God looks at us through the lens of Jesus when we place our faith in Him.
You may have known or even be a person who sees the world through rose-colored glasses. No matter how difficult things get, there is always a silver lining waiting to be found. The foundation of your perspective on life is a hope that there is beauty and good out there somewhere.
When God looks through the perfect sacrifice of Jesus to see us, He isn’t searching for hope that there is good to be found in us. The substitutionary death of God to pay for our sins is a finished work. It isn’t lofty, wishful thinking that dreams of potential being mined out and put on display for the world to admire. God had already been to the end of our story and knew that unless He intervened, the gifts and calling He created us with would stay buried deep inside as we marched defeated to the grave.
Jesus became the lens through which God sees you because your future was hopeless with Him. A new beginning in God isn’t returning to the potential you carried as a child, untried by life and absent of decisions that would lock you into a lane for the rest of your life. It is far beyond that. God’s new beginning for you is built upon the unshakable, never-changing, finished sacrifice of Jesus on your behalf.
When God looks at you, He sees Jesus’ perfect life…not your mistakes and sinful choices. He doesn’t see your distance from Him, but Jesus’ closeness. It isn’t your lack of faith and doubt that captures His gaze but the steady confidence of Jesus as the Son of God who trusts His Father in everything. God looks at you but sees Jesus.
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
On Sunday, Pastor Danny said, “Who you are today doesn’t define who you will be tomorrow, by the grace of God.” Let’s base our identity upon that truth and not upon the limited perspective of people (even ourselves.) Choose to trust God and His perspective above all else. In that place, you invite Him to do the impossible in your life and transform you into the person that is ready for the tomorrow He has planned for you.