I see you

“I see you.”

This phrase is used in the movie ‘Avatar’ as a form of greeting by the native people. Though its use in the movie is cultural, the application of its idea is incredibly Christian.

To see people means to look past the image that a person presents to see the person that God created them to be.

1 Samuel 16:7 For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.

I have seen people this week. I see the lives that they live outside of the context in which I see them. I see their desires, their hopes, their visions, and their fears. I understand how this influences the way they relate to me.

I see their potential. I see everything that they can be. How if only someone would tell them who they are, they would become that. People are not scared, timid, shy, stupid, evil, and hopeless. People are powerful, unique, courageous, intelligent, good, and full of hope. What makes us forget who we are?

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

We are all too busy seeing ourselves to look for others, but we can only be affirmed and brought out in the context of relationships.

Let us therefore resolve to see people as they are.

Begin by looking.

I see you, do you see me?