So from now on, we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:16-17.
The first tool I remember using was a hammer. The familiar adage rang true for me: if the only tool in your hand was a hammer, everything looks like a nail. I wielded that hammer with reckless abandon. There were few smashable objects that I did not lay siege to, including my thumb. Before the hammer, I did not see nails. Nails still existed and I easily overlooked them. The hammer changed my point of view.
The apostle Paul writes about two different perspectives. The first one is the worldly point of view. It was likely that Paul himself had seen Jesus crucified. Later on, Paul is confronted by Jesus on the road to Damascus. His point of view is clearly changed. He saw the new creation, the risen Lord! The second point of view is not a worldly one, it is a spiritual one.
From what point of view do you look at others? What is real about a person, their spiritual nature, doesn’t change. The way we look at people is what changes. Every single item I crushed beneath my hammer as a young boy existed just the same before I had the hammer. It was I who changed. In the same way, people all around us are spiritual beings living in a physical body. Seeing that requires you to look again, but this time in Christ.
DO THIS TODAY: Look again at people from a spiritual point of view.