Looking and seeing are definitely two different things. The same gap that exists between the the two can also be applied to hearing vs. listening.
I'm sure at some point we have all heard from someone, "yeah you hear me, but are you LISTENING?"
In both cases, the difference between the two is:
one is the almost involuntary known action of the human body (looking/hearing)
while the other requires cooperation and agreement of your mind and heart (seeing/listening).
The season that we are in now, God wants to move within us for us to be able to actually see ourselves from a different perspective rather than just looking in the mirror or looking at our past problems. Over the past year, God has allowed me to open my mind and heart to him and he has enabled me to SEE who I really am and who he created me to be... it has just been my overall job to walk into HER.
At the same time, this applies to our interactions with others. Often times, we can be so judgmental and jump to conclusions about people from just merely looking at them from the outside. If we took the time to actually sit down and SEE who someone really is, who they really could be, or see how the interaction and exchange can be made better just by understanding, we would gain better knowledge of each other.
The passage that God put on my heart for this message comes from Luke 7:36-50
For a little backstory-
A pharisee (Simon) invited Jesus to dinner and a woman who lived a sinful life knew that Jesus was at the pharisee's home so she also went to the home with a flask of a fragrant oil and stood at Jesus' feet weeping. She washed his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair from her own head.
Meanwhile, the Pharisee spoke to himself saying in verse 39, "This man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is sinner."
Simon was just LOOKING at the woman, he was not taking the time to SEE her and why she was really there.
Jesus then told Simon to LOOK again. He explained to Simon that when he entered into Simon's home, he gave him no water for his feet but the "sinful woman" had washed his feet with her own tears. He said, Simon, you did not anoint my head with fragrant oil, but this woman has anointed my feet with fragrant oil.
He then told Simon in verse 47, "Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little."
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In Simon's absence of actually seeing the woman, he was only looking at her from the outside as being a sinful woman. He never took into account her actions or love for Jesus as Jesus did and while Simon was so busy worried about her from the outside, Jesus has forgiven her for her sins because of her FAITH.
Jesus SEES who we really are, what we really mean, and what we really want. He doesn't just look at us as sinners or from the outside.
Just because you think you are right with God doesn't mean you are. The Pharisee only knew that he invited Jesus to dinner. He was too focused on what the woman was doing and how Jesus looked at her- that his own sins couldn't be forgiven but God forgave the sinful woman because she SEEKED him.
During this self survey series.... don't just look, actually see- both yourself and others.
What is it that you can do differently to better yourself? How can you stop being so quick to jump and judge and actually see other people?
Is your faith in God as strong as it cold be?
Are you showing God YOUR love for him? Or are you more so concerned with how he blesses others?
Take the time to self survey and begin to SEE better!