2 Corinthians 5:16 (NRSV)
16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way.
I started wearing glasses a while ago. But in the past four years they have gone from being a nicety to a necessity. If I had to choose what to leave at home for a day between my phone and glasses, it wouldn’t even be close! Glasses in a landslide. Without them I am virtually unable to read anything unless it is far away and rather large. I remember one Sunday having forgotten my glasses and feeling anxious to the point of distraction. I was most worried about singing the hymns. I like to act like I have them all memorized, but my family knows better!
With the glasses, my perspective changes. And with my perspective goes my confidence and abilities. It is more than just visibility. My actions depend on my vision too.
“Regard no one from a human point of view.”
Paul is saying that our viewpoint needs to be a Christ-like one.
How would we live differently if we saw everyone as if through Christ’s eyes? Probably more patient and forgiving. I bet more willing to come alongside than simply judge from afar. My guess is that just about everything in our lives and actions would change.
Lord Jesus, gives me your eyes, your ears, and your heart for others. And help me to even see myself through your perspective so I may love you fully and live for you effectively.