When Paul wrote to the believers in Corinth, he was addressing a group of people who lived in an extremely affluent trading centre of the known world. No doubt they were dealing with many of the same issues we deal with today, particularly the temptation to judge a person’s worth by their socio-economic status or by their religious belief system.
In today’s reading, Paul is admonishing the Corinthians to look through the eyes of faith with the lens of love when they look at others. The only reason any of us has access to God is because God’s grace has been lavishly given to us, to all.
What would be different in your life if you saw your co-worker through the eyes of God? How would you look at that homeless person on the street if you saw them the way Jesus does? Would you speak differently to your family members?
Perhaps most importantly, how would you look at yourself if you could see yourself as the precious person God sent Jesus to die for? You were worth dying for. They were worth dying for. From now on, let us regard no one, including ourselves, from a human point of view.
Gracious God, help me to look at myself and other people through your eyes. Amen. — KG