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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Follower of Christ, husband of Abby, member of Kosmosdale Baptist Church, and tutor/staff member at Sayers Classical Academy.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Seeing With New Eyes: The Gaze of God- A Christian Worldview, Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, I began highlighting some passages from biblical counselor David Powlison's book, Seeing With New Eyes. This post will continue to present some thoughts from Powlison concerning a Christian Worldview. The remainder of this post is a direct quote from Powlison (page 10).

The Gaze of God- A Christian Worldview, Part 2

To think Christianly is "to think God's thoughts after him." Of course, our thinking is both finite and distorted. We never see it all; and we often misconstrue what we do see. We see in a glass darkly, skewed reflections in a battered bronze mirror- but we do see. God, who sees all things directly in full daylight, enlightens the eyes of our hearts. We see surfaces, catching glimpses of interiors; God sees to the inky or radiant depth of every heart, all the way down to the fundamental hate or fundamental love. Our glasses are sometimes rosy, sometimes jaundiced, sometimes bluesy, sometimes mirrored on the inside of the lens (so that all we can see are the turbulent contents of our own interiors). The madness in our hearts generates warped spectra. But God sees all things in bright, clear light- and this God is the straightener of crooked thoughts. He makes madmen sane.

Lest this sound overly cognitive, we also learn "to intend God's intentions after him." Christianity is both a way of seeing and a way of proceeding. Christ enters and engages the world he sees. He acts and reacts. The "mind of Christ" is no mental list of theoretical doctrines. His gaze brings with it ways of experiencing, patterns of appropriate reactions, and a game plan for engaging what he sees. So, we learn to pursue God's pursuits after him, to act God's acts, feel God's feelings, love God's loves, hate God's hates, desire God's desires. When the Word became flesh, Jesus lived all God's communicable attributes on the human scale. No, we will never be all-knowing, or all-powerful, or all-present. But yes, we will be wise and loving, true and joyous. We will weep with those who weep. We will lay down our lives for our friends, bear sufferings, love enemies, and say with all our heart, "Thank you."

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