Envision a bright, sunny, winter day. Snow is on the ground, and the sun creates a magnificently brilliant, and blinding glare. That is the day this idea came to me. I was walking between classes at college, without my sunglasses on, and God seemed to tell me. “The reason you can’t look at My holiness, and My glory is that you are not wearing your Son-glasses. That is why the world didn’t recognize Jesus as God when He came to earth. They weren’t wearing their shades” Only through the lenses of God’s Son, Jesus, can we hope to “see” God. Ezekiel 1:27 mentions a vision of Jesus on his throne, and says that “brilliant light surrounded him.” God is that amazing! God’s glory is brilliant, too brilliant for our human eyes to see. That is why Moses only got to see God’s back. (Exodus 33:12-27). Only through the redeeming blood of our Savior, Jesus; only through the Son-glasses of salvation can we see God.
The thing is that we often think we are smart enough to put on our “Son-glasses.” That somehow, we had something to do with finding salvation. Ephesians 2:8-9 says “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” The first “that” in the verse is referring to our faith, not God’s grace. So our faith is THE gift of God. If our faith itself comes from God, then how can we say, I am better or smarter than those who don’t choose God? No we are all in need of grace. At some point we are all deceived by sin. We are blessed to accept Jesus, not smart enough. Yes, God in His sovereignty allows choice some how, don’t ask me how. The point is that we need to be gracious to those who don’t know God. We need to show them how salvation affects our daily lives; how we live out our salvation in all we say and do. They don’t need condemnation. They don’t need a watered down version of the truth. They need to see God’s kindness which leads them to repentance. (Romans 2:4)
Oh, that I would live a life full of God’s kindness. That I would live a life viewed through the Son-glasses of salvation so I can be intimate with God. As I view life through those wonderful, grace given, Son-glasses, I pray my heart and my perspective will change to be more like God’s.
Now are you wearing your shades?