To continue my blog series on our Identity in Christ, I have another guest blogger. Lo Tanner is passionate about sharing the gospel with everyone. To learn more about her, please read her bio at the end of this post. Today, she answers the question: What does God see when He looks at me?
What does God see when He looks at me
What Does God see when He looks at me? This is one of those questions that I honestly can’t unpack with a single sentence. Not without withholding some vital information; information that can shape how you see God, how you see yourself, and how you view the gospel.
The gospel changes a lot of things; our identity is on the top of that list. So let’s unpack this.
Let’s talk about how the gospel affects what God sees when He looks at you and me.
1. Picture Perfect
It was only a few months ago that I laid in our county hospital recovering from the birth of our youngest son. It was the fastest labour I had ever experienced. It lasted only four hours from the time my water broke to the time he was born.
Want to know what my first thoughts were when I felt his smooth skin, and saw that precious face and lifted him to my chest?
I thought: He’s PERFECT.
Can you guess who had similar thoughts when He created mankind?
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.Genesis 1:27
“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good…” Genesis 1:31
In the beginning, God looked at us and He saw good.
He saw His creation, so beautiful and pristine that when He looked at it, He saw himself.
Can you imagine that proud Papa moment?
I get glimpses of it every now and then with our boys. They just can’t help but resemble their father. I believe it was the same way the day God created man. The creation (you and I) couldn’t help but resemble our Creator. And to God that was good. But something changed.
2. I Need of A Savior
“Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil…” (see Genesis 3:22)
Sin entered the world.
How? Through deception and disobedience.
You can read this portion of the story in full in Genesis chapter three.
But long story short, sin entered the world and man who had only ever known good and perfect, was introduced to evil.
From that moment forward God saw us differently. When God looked at man He saw our sin. And while Satan would like you to think this is where it ends; he’s wrong.
Sin may be what we fell into, but it’s not where we stay. It is not who we are.
Top Verses: How God sees us
- “…But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more.” (see Romans 5:20)
When God looks at us He sees our mistakes and imperfections, but instead of letting us drown in them, He has made provisions to cover us.
- God sees our sin, but through His conviction He points us to His love. “Love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8
- God sees our weakness, but He carries us in His strength. “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ “ Isaiah 41:10
- And while the enemy calls us out and accuses us; God calls us up and forgives us.
How can He do this? Because of the cross.
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How the Cross Changed How God Sees Us
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
Do you know what I take to heart from this verse? That God looked at man and thought we were worth dying for.
He looked at you and saw someone He loved.
Sometimes that’s hard for me to wrap my head around.
You’ve heard the saying, “hurt people, hurt people.”
I love how God shatters that.
He completely crumbles it up and throws it out the window in the greatest act of humility ever brought to our attention.
- Our sin hurt God, but instead of dishing out hurt He sent His Son to redeem us.
- Our sin hurt Jesus, but instead of protecting Himself He still willingly went to the cross.
Jesus’ death and resurrection gave us an opportunity to walk in newness; to put on a new identity.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.2 Corinthians 5:17
Now when God looks, He sees someone who is forgiven. He sees a whole new you.
A New Creation
Since walking with Jesus, you and I have taken on entirely new identities.
Now when God sees us, He sees us as HIS; His very own sons and daughters.
About the time I was in second or third grade, our family adopted two of the sweetest little gals to ever grace this planet. The day of the adoption ceremony the judge called each of us kids up to the little podium to ask us questions and feel out how we felt about expanding our family.
Prior to speaking with each of us, the judge spoke to our parents. He said (paraphrasing, of course) “You realize that when we sign these papers these girls are legally your daughters. There will be no distinction between them and the children you birthed. They are all on a level playing field, no one having any sort of advantage over the other.” Their position as members of our family was sealed.
I believe God showers us with that same kind of love and has given us that same invitation.
He invites us all to become a part of His family and to be sealed by His Holy Spirit.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.
This is who you are now.
And not only does God see you for who you are in Him now, He sees who you were before Him and He sees who you are becoming.
Your God-given Identity
God’s truth transforms us. So when we come to Jesus, believe in Him and confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord – we change.
We learn from Ephesians 5:8 that we were once darkness but have now been transformed into children of light.
There is a vast difference between light and darkness. To go from one to the other requires us to change.
As a result of sin, we became like prodigal sons and daughters (see Luke 15:11-32 to learn more on this).
Even so, Jesus made a way for us to come back home to the Father.
And now God is welcoming you, his daughter, back into His loving arms.
You are entering into His newness.
Seeing Yourself as God sees you
- Freedom (Romans 6:22 and John 8:36)
- A daughter redeemed (Ephesians 1:7)
- His child (John 1:12)
- His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10)
- A citizen of His kingdom (Ephesians 2:19 and Philippians 3:20)
- His righteousness (see Romans 3:21-22 and 2 Corinthians 5:21). Not because of our perfection; but because of His grace and willingness to call us out of sin and see us as “blameless”.
- Joint heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17)
- A friend (John 15:15)
- His fruits and character (John 15:5 and Galatians 5:22-23)
- A conqueror (Romans 8:37)
Would you believe the list gets longer?
God wasn’t kidding when He said you’re a new creation. He is literally piecing together a whole new you; where you are made in His image and likeness.
What if I don’t see what God sees?
This is the point in the conversation where people typically start to struggle.
We start to wonder how can all this be true if we don’t feel it.
I get it.
There are days when I look at me and see things I don’t like. Pride, impatience, lack of empathy. I snap at my kids. I get frustrated with my husband. Some days I even feel frustrated with God. Does that change how God sees me?
The answer is no.
Because when we walk with Christ our identity isn’t based on who we are, but who God is and what He declares over us.
He has begun a new work in you and I. Day after day He continues to sanctify us and He won’t stop until He is done.
…being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.Philippians 1:6
Sanctification (leaving the old and becoming Christ-like) is a life-long journey and a daily discipline.
We may not see ourselves in the fullness of each of these traits now, but we can be confident that this is what God is cultivating in us.
Just like Abraham was called a Father of many nations before it was brought to fruition (see Romans 4:17-22) you can trust that God is calling each of these declarations in you; doing a work that only He can do.
It’s easy to want to point at all the good God brings into our life and take credit for it; to think to ourselves, “I’m a good person,” and try to wear that crown. But the truth is, God isn’t fooled.
God sees right past the mask.
There is no hiding who we are from Him.
The reason I brought you through your identity by walking through the gospel is so that you could see and better understand the transformation that takes place in us when Jesus becomes the Lord of our lives.
I want to share with you that hope.
Because without the gospel we are left hopeless and broken.
But with it; WITH JESUS, we are made whole, we are uplifted, we are anchored and hope-filled.
What If I’m Not Living for God?
You may ask yourself: What id I’m not living for God? Does that Change How He Sees Me?
Maybe you’re reading this post as someone who has yet to begin a personal relationship with Jesus and you’re wondering what God sees when He looks at you.
I’m just going to say it and pray you never doubt these words.
God looks at you and sees someone He loves, someone He desires to be close with, someone in need of a Savior.
He is so so eager to bring you into more.
When God sees you He sees someone worth saving.
The only question now is, will you accept His invitation?
If you’re curious about God and want to discover who He is, or you simply want to grow in the faith you already have, I invite you to join our Bible study group on Facebook!
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In the comments below, let me know what you think God sees when He looks at you.