I have a critical eye. I don’t like to mess up or fail or sin. When I make a mistake I rehearse it over and over again. I want to do better next time – to improve.
So I wonder what God sees when He looks at me – this stumbling, fumbling, missing-the-mark-so-completely-I-wonder-if-I-am-in-the-right-county-much-less-city woman. How could He see anything other than the mess that I am especially since He sees me more clearly than I do myself.
But that isn’t what God seems to notice when He looks at us. Ephesians 2:10 says, “…we are God’s workmanship…” So God sees us as His creation or literally His poem. Crazy right. I the confessed mess am God’s workmanship…His poem.
1 Peter 2:9 says we are a “royal priesthood.” God sees us as priests. Do you know what priests wore on their heads in the temple? The priests wore special turbans with a special gold plate fastened to it. Engraved on the plate were the words, “Holy to the LORD.” (Exodus 39:30) So when God looks down on folks who have made Jesus Lord of their lives by accepting His sacrifice for their sins, He sees these people as holy.
Holy means to set apart or separate. These people are set apart for God. Set apart to do good works, but also viewed as holy or perfect to the LORD. These priests were perfect through the eyes of God and set apart. Not only set apart and perfect, but also glorious or beautiful. So we are set apart, perfect, and beautiful to the God of gods – the One whom the angels call, “Holy, holy holy!”
Each time God sees His children, His royal priesthood He sees the inscription “Holy to the LORD.” You are holy, set apart, perfect, and glorious to Him because of what He did for you. AMAZING!
God doesn’t see me as less than, He sees me as holy. May I live in such a way that my life reflects His holiness.
Will you join me in offering God praise for seeing us as holy?