The lens through which I view others communicates louder than my words or actions. This is why the lens through which I view my disciple must be correct in order for him to experience the love that brings life change. As a wrong prescription for glasses effects how a patient sees everything, so a wrong or incomplete perspective effects how I view others. People can sense how another views them, so I must rigorously evaluate the lens through which I see each of my disciples. I can say the right words and do the right things, but if my lens is incorrect, my words and actions will ring hollow.
My lens must correspond with God’s view of my disciple, which is a perspective of family love. The heavenly Father has adopted my disciple into the family of God. He is now a son of God; she is a daughter of God. He is my brother; she is my sister. The Father has engrafted him into his family at great cost demonstrating his value to God.
Paul and John’s perspective of the brothers and sisters enthusiastically comes through their letters. Paul writes:
I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his comparable great power for us who believe. (Ephesians 1:18)
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (1 John 3:1)
The apostles’ perspective reminds the disciples of the great love, kindness and grace that the Father has given to them.